Former Yeshiva building
Yeshiva building was constructed at 1815. It is a construction, where local Jewish were taught. Near it there was synagogue. Some steps from Yeshiva you can see wooden houses with three windows to street side. It is a special style of Karaites nation houses. Mir was the place for different nations’ people: Jewish, Tartars, Gypsies, Karaites, Byelorussians and so on.
Catholic Church of St Nicolas
St. Nicolas' church was built almost at the same period when the castle was constructed - at second half of 16th century. It is gothic style. In older photos the church was white and with Orthodox - like cupola. It looks nice from the panorama near castle.
17th September Square
The old name of this square is Market Square. Even now it is market on the middle of it. You can find around some nice buildings, hotel, small shops. Square was famous in Mir, as it was central point of all nations and religion people, who met each other here.
There are two churches in this square Orthodox and Catholic, but some years ago there was Synagogue and Mosque as well.
Chapel for the Dukes Sviatopolks
Chapel is located to the East of the Mir castle in the Landscape Park. It was built in 1904 by architect from St. Petersburg Marfeld. The way how chapel looks is interesting to me, as structure goes up like steps from one side to another. As I saw, there is park and some ponds around castle area.
Beautiful Mir castle
Mir castle is the main landmark of Belarus and, of course, in small city of Mir. It is an object that was inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000. Built in beginning of 16th century at first it was for defensive purposes with the walls around. In 1568 castle was taken under the rule of famous rich Lithuanian family Radziwills. They changed castle appearance more to the palace view.
Castle has gothic renaissance style appearance. I like the way that all the towers of castle is different. Now some parts of castle are still being reconstructed, but it could be visited inside. We visited one tower and the ceiling with torture room.
Castle is a sight why tourists come to Mir. Mir castle is one of the most popular sights in Belarus territory.
Mir castle was built in 15 century. Duke Ilinich started building in Gothic style. Then it belonged to Mikolaj Krzysztof Radziwill who continued building works in renaissance style.
Castle has 5 towers. One of them has a portal - entrance to castle.
In year 2000 sight was included to UNESCO Heritage List.
Castle locates about 5-7 min walk from square. It is also visible from square.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Central square in Mir is like old town square. It is surrounded by 1-2 floor houses built in "old" style, looking pretty nice and colourful. They are renowed. Probably this houses are not from mid ages. On the square œome shops and bus station are situated. From the square you can see old Catholic and Orthodox churches.
- Historical Travel
Calling it downtown is quite optimistic, since the centre of this town is really small, basically there's just a square, the 17th September Square, once a place for market. There are two churches on the opposite sides: the perfectly restored orthodox church and the run down catholic one. There once stood also a synagogue and a mosque, but there's not trace left of them anymore.
All around are some nice small houses, all perfectly restored/rebuilt and painted with shiny colours. All is perfectly kept in this small square, as everywhere in Belarus touristic places.
There around leave several smaller streets, some are just pedestrian paths which lead to the many old wooden houses of poor families living in this town. Most of houses are freshly painted and really look beautiful. Belarusian friends say that Lukashenka pays for painting on touristic places, but not in the rest of the country... it can be true, but surely I saw a lot of pretty country houses everywhere I went.
Chapel of the Sviatopolk-Mirski family
Just behind the Mir castle lies the chapel of the Sviatopolk-Mirski family, the last owners of the castle before WWII.
It's quite an interesting piece of 20th century architecture, in orthodox style, the little chapel is very strange and particular, surely worth a visit. Very beautiful is the icon of Jesus on the facade.
There around you will probably meet some old babuska selling souvenirs or food, and there's a small lake with some benches. It's surely a nice place in hot summer days, while when I was there it was freezy and really not that romantic! :)
What to see in Mir? The castle, of course! :)
The original castle was built in the 15th century in gothic style, but was then finished one century later by Duke Radzivil in Renaissance style. The fortune of the castle lasted for short time and it was almost abandoned during the following centuries and Napoleonic wars.
The first restoration of Mir castle begun in the 19th century but it passed to several different people before seeing it restored at the very end of the 19th century when it was held by the Sviatopolk-Mirski family till the beginning of WWII.
During the 2nd World War it was conquered by the German Nazis and used as a ghetto for jewish people before being exterminated. It was again ruined during the war and abandoned in Soviet times, till the reconstruction and restoration works started again in these last years and have not finished yet.
Orthodox Saint-Trinity's Church
This Orthodox Church was built under the rule of Nicolas Radziwill the Orphan. Later, in 1705, the status of church was changed into Uniate church. Only from 1839 it is Orthodox again.