Halshany Castle, Halsany

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, 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 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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  • Halshany we visited in the tour "Great journey through Belorussia Halshany castle-ruins of the residence of the Sapieha kind. Halshany got Sapega in the first half of the 16th century as a dowry the last Duchess-of-a-kind Golshan. The castle is named after the owners, not by name but by location. Outwardly represented almost the correct quadrilateral, which crowned a trjohurovnevye hexagonal towers. In the north-eastern part of right in the middle of the residential Corps was an entry gate, across from which stood a chapel forming a single whole Palace. After his death, Paul Sapieha left no direct heirs to the same managed to amass a lot of debt because of what ownership olshanski was divided among creditors. During the great northern war the castle was partly damaged, but part of him remained residential. Even by the middle of the 19th century it was broken up on the third floor and brick built a tavern. Chapel no longer functioned and was converted into a warehouse. Before the first world war people lived more in the Castle, and after the great patriotic war the remains of dwellings were finally dismantled for building the necessary local kolkhoz pigpens and House of culture. Now here is an annual Festival "Olshanski Castle»
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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 Golshantskom 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 fantaziruesh what was there before and what techniques were carried out.
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  • There are places to which you return. Halshany for me is one of them. It was the first time back in 1989 year. The Castle alive, he breathes. Unfortunately, it changes over time, not in a good way. Then even the arched slab came. Now do not recommend-dangerous and do not need to create the conditions for the speedy demolition. The State allegedly trying to recover. Firstly, I'm against yet another refined object, painted by acrylic. Secondly, I can't believe that with the pace and approaches the Castle survive at all in a serviceable condition. If restore something, so it is preserved in a relatively fit state of two towers and residential housing with entrance arch. The ruins are feeding the imagination
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  • Totally authentic. And a mobile kiosk "souvenirs" next. Kiosk owner Igor charmed no less than the Castle! He has told and shown on special pages of the album. In his kiosk you can buy wonderful souvenirs and even warm up coffee or tea.
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  • Very beautiful place. At the moment it is fenced. Thought I was going to have to look through the mesh, but a little forward-there is Laz. Judging by the fact that visible -1 floor, I dare suggest that the Castle a bit so's gone down. Some time ago was about to restore it, but decided not to touch because restoration would kill the authenticity of the Castle. Inside the Castle gradually collapses, as evidenced by the crumbled bricks among the photo there is a stone with a circular recess, can anyone knows what is behind it?
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  • Read the legends about the castle itself, as well as the monastery and go to this place. Here is very interesting. On the ruins of the Castle be careful.
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