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Belarus, Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 29, 2009 at 16:46:23

Location Minsk Province (Minskaya Voblasts'), Belarus
Coordinates N53 13 22.0 E26 41 29.0
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1196 )

The Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh is located in central Belarus. The Radziwill dynasty, who built and kept the ensemble from the 16th century until 1939, gave birth to some of the most important personalities in European history and culture. Due to their efforts, the town of Nesvizh came to exercise great influence in the sciences, arts, crafts and architecture. The complex consists of the residential castle and the mausoleum Church of Corpus Christi with their setting. The castle has ten interconnected buildings, which developed as an architectural whole around a six-sided courtyard. The palaces and church became important prototypes marking the development of architecture throughout Central Europe and Russia.

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Niasvizh Castle Courtyard, Nesvizh Castle

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Belarus, Mir Castle Complex

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 29, 2009 at 16:28:50

Location Grodno Province (oblast), Korelichi District, Belarus
Coordinates N53 27 03.9 E26 28 21.8
Type Cultural
Property 27 ha
Date of Inscription 2000

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/625 )

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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Mir Castle Complex

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Belarus, Poland, Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, December 29, 2009 at 16:10:56

Location Grodno Province (oblast) (BY) / Podlasie Voivodship (PL), Belarus/Poland
Coordinates N52 30 0 E23 34 60
Type Natural
Property 92,669 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/33 )

Situated on the watershed of the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, this immense forest range, consisting of evergreens and broad-leaved trees, is home to some remarkable animal life, including rare mammals such as the wolf, the lynx and the otter, as well as some 300 European Bison, a species which has been reintroduced into the park.

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Bialowieza Forest Bison, Bialowieza Forest

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