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Lida Castle, Lida

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Lida Castle was one of several citadels erected by Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania in the early 14th century to defend his lands against the expansion of the Teutonic Knights. Other links in this chain of defense included Hrodna, Navahrudak, Kreva, Medininkai, and Trakai. The modern town of Lida, Belarus grew up around this castle. Lida Castle is 141m above sea level.The site selected for the castle is naturally defended by the Kamenka and Lida rivers to east and west. Construction of boulder walls was carried out in 1323, 1324, and 1325. Later they were faced with red brick. The castle had two angle towers and a church, which was moved outside the walls in 1533. The upper storeys of both towers were lived in.Despite its strong fortifications, Lida was taken by the Teutonic Knights on several occasions . Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas gave it to his ally, Khan Tokhtamysh, who settled "in a yurt near the castle". In 1406, the family of Yury of Smolensk was locked up in Lida as hostages; his attempt to take the castle and liberate them was not successful. In 1433, Lida was a point of contention between Švitrigaila and his cousin Sigismund Kęstutaitis.
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  • The castle is rather simple-walls and two towers, there is not much see. Interesting just as one of castles of Lithuanian defense chain (along with Naugardukas, Kreva, Medininkai, Trakai).  more »
  • Visiting the castle is totally worthy. It is in very good condition, well renovated, and a lot of rooms are accessible. Won't spoil the visit, but there's a lot to see and do, like playing with middle...  more »
  • Enter the castle when it was some holiday songs, performances in costumes. Great that there are places where you can climb to the top of the Castle, see in tiny Windows down, take a picture with a Knight and it's all free!
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