Monday, February 24, 2014

Mir Castle - BELARUS - UNESCO #625

This beautiful card was sent by my friend Elena, a postcrosser from Belarus and one of the most active followers of this blog. According to her, the Mir Castle is the most beautiful on Belarus (she likes it even more the Nesvizh Castle) and after looking to some pictures on the web and reading the UNESCO page I have to problem at all in agreeing with you. Thank you very much Lena, for this card and for your friendship! As for my collection it reaches 311 different WHS, only 670 to finish (and only one missing from Belarus). This postcard took 21 days to arrive!
UNESCO #625 - Mir Castle Complex - BELARUS
The construction of this castle began at the end of the 15th century, in Gothic style. It was subsequently extended and reconstructed, first in the Renaissance and then in the Baroque style. After being abandoned for nearly a century and suffering severe damage during the Napoleonic period, the castle was restored at the end of the 19th century, with the addition of a number of other elements and the landscaping of the surrounding area as a park. Its present form is graphic testimony to its often turbulent history.

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