Nesvizh Castle: the most beautiful palace in Belarus

Nesvizh Castle: the most beautiful palace in Belarus

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Belarusians think that Nesvizh Castle is the most beautiful palace in the country, and I agree with them. It is located in a small town called Nesvizh, around 130 kilometers away from Minsk. You will enjoy on the way to this medieval fortress since you have to drive through lovely, small villages, green forests and huge fields of Belarus. After that experience, the history of the castle will be even more interesting for you. 

Nesvizh Radziwiłł Castle
Nesvizh Radziwiłł Castle
улица Замковая 2, Нясвiж 222603, Belarus

History

The family of Radziwills built Nesvizh Castle in the 16th century, and they lived there until 1939. A famous Italian architect, Giovanni Maria Bernardoni, played an important role in the construction of the palace. The town Nezvizh itself is mentioned already from the 15th century by the historians. However, at that time, it was just a small settlement. From 1494, the palace was owned by the Kiszka family, and by that time, it was a small palace. In 1513, one of the family members - Anna Kiszka married to Ian Radzwill, and that is how they became the owners of Nesvizh Castle. 

Picture © to iStock/KavalenkavaVolha
Picture © to iStock/KavalenkavaVolha

In 1770, Nesvizh Palace was conquered by Russians, and later, in the 19th century, Redziwill family restored the palace, and they started to design the large gardens as well. After World War II, the castle was used as a sanatorium, and the gardens were left without attention. From 2006, Nezvizh Palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Description of the castle

The castle was built by the year 1600, and it was reconstructed several times. The palace is an island-type complex, and it is constructed on a hill. It is surrounded by water, which makes Nesvizh Castle more attractive. In the past, to reach the fortress was only possible through the movable bridge. During the invasions, they were moving the bridge up in order to guard the fortress from the enemies. The castle also had four different secret exits and a stable. Nowadays, Nesvizh Castle has three floors, and the towers are located on the corners. 

Picture © to iStock/Stitchik
Picture © to iStock/Stitchik

Many architectural styles of the palace, such as Renaissance, Baroque, Classicism, make its visitors enchanted. You will also see a beautiful park around the castle. The entrance to Nesvizh Castle is free, and you can also see the protected exhibits inside. In the territory of the palace, there is also a hotel and a restaurant, it is a great opportunity to spend several days in this magnificent place. The medieval atmosphere makes your staying really interesting. If you like picnics, there is a possibility to enjoy it in the park that is located near the fortress. In addition, you can go fishing and horse riding, if you like active holidays. 

Picture © to iStock/12ee12
Picture © to iStock/12ee12

Without a surprise, Nesvizh Castle is considered as the most beautiful palace in Belarus. It attracts thousands of visitors every year. The best way to reach this place is by car. So, explore its history by yourself and enjoy different fun activities available in the territory of the castle

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The author

Anano Chikhradze

Anano Chikhradze

I am Anano. I Iove travelling, history and getting to know people from all over the world. I write about Georgia, my country, and I am sure everybody will fall in love with it.

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