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Architectural monuments of Mir and Nesvizh. Historical and cultural heritage
Mir town (105 km from Minsk) was first mentioned in the chronicles of 1345. Mir is famous for its outstanding example of Belarusian stone architecture: the ancient castle, founded at the beginning of the 16th century which staggers imagination by its beauty, grandeur, and artistic elegance. Mir Castle is an exceptional example of a central European castle, reflecting in its design and layout successive cultural influences (Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque) that blend harmoniously to create an impressive monument to the history of this region. The red-brick castle is currently being restored, but one tower and the courtyard are open to visitors.
The small town of Nesvizh (110 km from Minsk) founded in the 13th century is home to the 16th century Renaissance Radzivill family castle and park, the former residence of the ancient Belarusian-Lithuanian family of Prince Radzivill. Close to Nesvizh castle is a magnificent Catholic church (16th century, architect Bernardoni) beautifully painted on the inside.