Thursday, October 15, 2015

Old Card, Older Buildings

Belarus BY-115929 received 12-16-2010

Sent by: tonechka
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-115929
Notes: I received this card back in 2010, so it is one of the oldest cards that I hadn't yet posted.  

The ruins on the upper left are what is left of the Ruzhany Palace. The original palace  was completed in 1602, but then destroyed in 1700.  It was rebuilt in the 1770s, and in 1831 it became property of the state.  It was turned into a factory, which burned down in 1914.  

The lower left shows the ruins of Golshany (or Halshany) Castle in the Grodno region of Belarus.  It was built around 1610 and was known as the "Black Castle" even though it is made of red brick.  The castle suffered damage in several wars, and the man who owned the castle in the 1880s pulled the towers down.  

The center photo on the bottom is the fortified church in Synkovichi.  It is an actual church, but it was fortified to play a defensive role during wars.  Many other countries in Europe have fortified churches as well.  

The photo on the right is just listed on the back of the card as The Pripiat.  I believe this is the Pripiat (or Pripyat) river, If the name sounds familiar to you, that may be because of the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, which was abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.  The river flows from Ukraine into Belarus.  

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