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Halshany Castle, Halsany

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Halshany or Holszany Castle is the ruined residence of the Sapieha magnate family in Halshany, Hrodna Voblast, Belarus and was the seat of the one of the largest land estates in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Paweł Stefan Sapieha commissioned its construction and it was erected circa 1610 to replace the older castle, built by of the Holszanski princely family, of whom Sapiehas were descendants and heirs.Also known as the Black Castle (although it is built of red brick), the residence formerly rivaled Mir Castle as the most elegant private château of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The name Black Castle in fact originally applies to a fictional building from a book by Uladzimir Karatkievich, which was loosely based on Halshany Castle.The castle and the surrounding estates were devastated, robbed and looted, twice: by the invading Swedes troops during the Deluge (history) and during the Great Northern War in 1704. Due to financial stress experienced by the Sapiehas in the wake of the Domestic War and ongoing Great Northern War, the castle had never been fully restored.
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  • I must say that it has not yet restored the Castle and its ruins and this makes it especially interesting. You can see it in its original form, the remains of fireplaces, stairs, walls, floor. These ruins we liked much more than restored Castle. In Gol′šantskom Castle left some unusual atmosphere of yore.
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  • A piece of the past, preserved to this day. Generally a very interesting place, at the moment not yet restored and plunges into the atmosphere of the past. The surviving vaulting, spiral stairs somewhere down the ... And fantazirueš′ what was there before and what techniques were carried out.
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  • All lovers of antiquity I advise to visit the Castle. Even now you can see how beautiful it was. Stayed somewhere arches, columns. I don't know its history, but the impression that the castle was razružen. Somewhere completely preserved somewhere only bark stone and brick. Follow the path on the left, look for the façade and can provide all the Hulk complex! Restoration of the ruins even on the outskirts of the village is still underway. Razgrebaût stones, pile. Around the preserved Tower of scaffolding. Shortly before our piiezda festival volunteers to collect money for reconstruction, with knightly battles and other things. Sorry, not found!
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