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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, 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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  • In Halshany, what you have to do is let your imagination carry you away. Somehow, it's much easier to do there than in many places Belarusian restorers got to renovate, thus making them artificial and...  more »
  • 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'shantskom 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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