Friday, February 13, 2009

Unesco postcards from Belarus

I got these 2 unesco cards yesterday but due to a technical problem, i couldn't show them. They are from Belarus and were sent by Yanina "yanechka". 

This is a Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest card. "Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the oldest national Park of Europe situated in Western part of Belarus.
Once the area was reserved exclusively for hunting for Polish kings (1410-1794) and Russian tsars (1794-1914). Nowadays Belovezhskaya Pushcha withing territory of Belarus possesses status of national park and is the only forest tract in Europe remaining actually intact." - in:
On the card there's a 550-year old oak, the patriarch of the forest. As the larger part of the forest is not being cut, the threes live up to the limit old age. More than 100 giant trees, which have reached the age limit (400-600 year old oaks, 250-350 year old ashes and pines, 200-250 year old spruces) grow there. These trees are live witnesses of the many historical events at times of the Lithuanian princes, Polish kings and Russian tzars.

"Nesvizh Castel is a residential castle of the Radziwill family in Niasviž in Belarus. The estate was owned by the Radziwiłł magnate family from 1533 and in 1582 started the construction of an imposing square three-storey chateau. Although the works were based on a pre-existing structure of a mediæval castle, the former fortifications were entirely turned into a renaissance-baroque house.
In 1770 the castle was seized by Russian forces and the Radziwill family was expelled. Abandoned both by the original owners and by the Russian army, the palace gradually fell into disrepair. However, it was restored by the Radziwills and between 1881 and 1886 the castle's interiors were renovated by Prince Anton Radizwill and his French wife, Marie de Castellane. They also designed a landscape park in English style. With an area of more than one square kilometre, the park is one of the biggest such facilities in Europe.
In 1939, the Radziwill family was expelled from the castle by the invading Red Army. In Soviet times, the chateau was used a sanatorium, while the park gradually fell in neglect.
In 1994, the castle complex was designated the national historical and cultural reserve. Twelve years later, the castle complex was inscribed on the World Heritage List. The ongoing reconstruction has drawn sharp criticism for its "unjustified reconstruction" of several long-demolished structures, notably a bell-tower. In 2002, the upper storey of the residence was destroyed by fire." - in:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Are you collecting only post-info about great sites?
PS I have found you blog when monitoring info about Belovezhskaya Pushcha :)
Heorhi Kazulka
From Belovezhskaya Pushcha