What comes to your mind, when you imagine yourself being in “the heart of Europe”?
Belarus, Eastern Europe, neighbor of Poland, Lithuania and Russia, so close to the very center of Europe that it could not but become an arena and crossroads of just about all historical European battlefields. Which left so little of most beloved historical legacy of the country – ancient castles, palaces, with their knights, ladies, gardeners, ghosts, bagpipes, dykes, cemeteries, stories and legends, craft fairs, tumultuous celebrations, spear-running, dancing by the fire, and probably occasional inbreeding.
Yet, with years, Belarus keeps striving to preserve and restore its heritage. Our lucky winner is Nesvizh Palace and castle complex, built in the 16th century by Radziwill Sirotka under the supervision of Italian architect Giovanni Bernardoni, has a long history of destruction, as it has been repeatedly burned down – and recovered. Until finally in our century gained back its magnificent design and romantic charm as if safe and untouched.