Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ruins, Ruins Everywhere

Belarus BY-146408 received 03-05-2011

Sent by: L_a_n_a
From: Minsk, Belarus
ID number: BY-146408
Notes: Yet another panoramic multiview postcard from Belarus.  And there seem to be a lot of ruined castles in Belarus as well.  
Anyway, the ruins in the upper left belong to Kosava Castle, which was built in 1838 and heavily damaged during both World Wars.  The castle is currently undergoing restoration.  
Below that is Navahrudak Castle, also in ruins.  This one is much older, dating to the 14th century.  It was occupied twice by the Russians in the 1600s and sacked by the Swedes in the 1700s.  Today, medieval reenactments and theatrical jousting take place on the grounds.
The birds in the center are white storks, which live in central Europe, northwestern Africa and southwestern Asia.
Finally, the photo on the right shows part of the ruins of Ruzhany Palace...and a horse.  I posted another panoramic card with this castle on it on the 15th.

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