Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tower of Kamyanyets - Belarus

This card sent by Vera "Vakhnyuk" shows the Tower of Kamyanyets, a monument on the UNESCO Tentative List.  
The Tower of Kamianiec is the main landmark of the town of Kamianiec in Belarus. Erected in 1271–1289 by the architect Oleksa as a frontier stronghold on the northern border of the principality of Volhynia, it is the only such tower remaining to this day in the area.

Standing atop a gentle rise overlooking the Liasnaja river, the tower is the main landmark of Kamianiec today. The first record in the chronicles about the foundation of the tower dates from 1276. It was erected in the 1270s. Today it is a national historic site. Since 1960 the tower houses a branch of the Brest regional museum. Once similar towers were built in Brest (Bierascie), Hrodna, Turaŭ, Navahradak, but they were destroyed in the course of wars. The tower of Kamianiec is the only one that survived in Belarus until the present. - in: wikipedia

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