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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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  • 6 miles from the M6 motorway. Nicely, but essentially-only wall. Within the three minute exposure, a few exhibits in the yard and you can climb and go through 2 walls. Entrance adult: 5 rubles BYR 10-excursion. Preschool children free. My opinion: If the path passes by, then by all means worth a peek: does not take much time. For a separate trip-not worth it.
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  • Lida Castle more modest than Mir or Nesvizh. But it's beautiful, even though it has no luxury interiors. You can pass on the balcony, view to the loopholes, visit interesting expositions of knightly's torture, armor. We really enjoyed!
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  • It's nice place to visit, interesting place for children but not so many rooms inside opened to see life of dukes or other historic things  more »

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