Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Manors and Mist

Belarus BY-140423 received 02-19-2011

Sent by: Nasty_K
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-140423
Notes: The photo on the left shows the ruins of Kreva Castle, the former residence of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.  It was built in the 14th century near Kreva, Belarus, but was sacked in the 16th century.  After that, it stood unoccupied, and was crumbling by the 19th century.  The castle stood on the front line between Russia and Germany during World War I, which led to its ultimate destruction. On the upper right is the palace-park complex in Gomel.   The grounds extend for half a mile along the Sozh River. An image of the palace is featured on the Belarusian 20,000 ruble bill. Unlike the other castle, this one is not in ruins, but rather it is a museum. 
Sadly, the caption on the back of the card does have the location of the misty meadow on the lower right.  

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