Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BY-180374

And another official card showing an Unesco site, Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh, in Belarus.

BY-180374, sent by Helena.

"Considered by many to be the most beautiful palace in Belarus, Nesvizh Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The castle features wonderfully diverse architecture as well as amazingly beautiful gardens. In 1994 it was designated the national historical and cultural reserve and then in 2005, the area was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage list as “Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh” which consists of the 10 interconnected buildings that make up the castle as well as the mausoleum Church of Corpus Christi. The palace buildings and church were important architectural developments in their time and became models for many buildings built in Central Europe and Russia. Nesvizh Castle was owned by the Radziwill family for the majority of the 16th century through 1939 when they were expelled by the Red Army. Since the foundation was laid in 1584, the estate has been rebuilt numerous times which has resulted in the castle featuring a variety of different architectural styles including Neo-Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque." - in: http://www.mostinterestingdestinations.com/landmarks/nesvizh-castle-belarus/

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