The Mir Castle Complex Museum
The Mir Castle complex (Mirsky zamok) is an outstanding example of 16th-century fortification art. It’s located in the town of Mir in the Grodno region of Belarus.
Construction of the Mir Castle
The construction of this Belarus’ Gothic style castle was started in the 1520s by Duke Ilinich. In 1568 the castle came into the hands of Mikolay Radziwil, who completed it in Renaissance style.
A three-storey palace was built along the eastern and northern walls of the castle which had forty fretted rooms. Earth walls were built around the castle with bastions at the corners, surrounded by a water moat.
An Italian garden was laid to the north of the walls and an artificial lake was established to the south. The Radziwills owned the castle for several centuries.
During the Napoleonic wars the castle was severely damaged.
In 1891, the castle is bought by Nikolai Svyatopolk-Mirsky who started bringing order to his new property. His son continued his father’s work, led by renowned architect Teodor Bursze.
A subsidiary of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus was located in the castle in 1992.
Mir Castle today
In 2000 UNESCO designated Mir Castle a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site.
The successful blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture makes Mir Castle one of the most impressive castles in Europe.
Following intensive restoration works, Mir Castle was reopened to the public in December 2010.
Renovation works on the Mir Castle Complex, however, are still underway. The plans are to repair the Italian Renaissance Park, the English Park and the pond, to restore the Svyatopolk-Mirsky Castle. The restoration works on this historic landmark was completed in 2013.
Where to stay?
It is easy to stay in a Minsk hotel and take a day trip to Mir. Or you can stay in one of the hotels in Novogrudok, about 40km from Mir. Or - the best choice - stay in Mir Castle hotel (literally whithin the castle's walls!!).
Facilities in Mir Castle
Traditionally, castle provides a fascinating tour program: unique exhibits, the story of the eventful life of famous princely families, the owners of the castle - Radziwill and Svyatopolk-Mirsky.
Gastronomic excursion into the world of old Polish and old Lithvanian cuisine provides you our restaurant and night club "Tower." And the castle hotel, which is the only in the country can house about 30 visitors in its 15 rooms.
Nice historical place to visit. You can find near complex little market with cheap handmade magnet, cup...
So, today, 21.08.2016 year we finally went on a tour to the glorious Mir castle. ON the Way to the castle a lot of pointers where to go and how much is left, so where would you are not left in the direction of the Mir castle and not get lost. On arrival there is a small Park directly opposite the castle gates, where the way and the ticket office is, but it is almost impossible to Park as it surrounds the city of craftsmen Souvenirs, and a little further if you drive straight, there will be ample Parking for buses and cars.the entrance to the castle costs 10 rubles(old rubles 100000), preschoolers free(which pleases, as in Dudutki son 4yo took the money for the entrance). TOILET if someone will need is located immediately after the ticket office on the left. By the way, very impressed with the quality of repair and cleanliness in the toilet, in the Minsk apartment you see such a high quality finish(builders note). On the way to the castle you are greeted by guides who will gladly give you a tour and answer all your questions. After entering the courtyard of the castle begin the exposure of where to go and where to start viewing you prompt the staff of the castle, the exposure 5ачинается with one of the towers, where you have to climb each of the five floors. The stairs are very narrow, semi-circular and of a very high staircase, upstairs was bad, but down a problem because of the narrow passages in the two sides during the descent-ascent to the pass is not real. In this respect, that it is not deliberate, I ponimau it is impossible to put the employee on each floor to regulate the flow, but you can install information monitors, where we will see people rise and fall or not, but it really some individuals to abuse comes up, who to whom should concede. After descending from the tower we pass to another entrance, where he continued to exhibit with many beautiful zavorajivayuschei your opinion of the rooms that hold the secrets and the history of the great kind. Impossible to put into words, this is a must see. The whole place is very clean, no dust, not a speck of dust. Further inside the castle are a shop selling Souvenirs, and a descent to the basement, where you can see how you executed and contained inmates. After the castle you can still walk around a beautiful lake and even swim on a catamaran, the prices are quite reasonable, 6 per 30 minutes. That's where wild prices, so that shopping in the kiosk between the castle and the Church. I can understand ice cream for 20,000(old), and it is not until the end, but 20,000 for a pint of brew Lida, I'm sorry. Look where officials from trade and from the administration, this is how much is the surcharge and to whom is this price? Horror. That's basically all, everything is staged and I liked it, but the price of the brew spoiled the overall impression. Good luck and good roads to all who choose to visit the Mir castle.
Wonderful castle! A small but pleasant Park. Along with Nesvizh, Grodno, Palace of Paskevich in Gomel, Polotsk and Geroicheskom monastery in Slonim is what in Belarus to travel be sure to!
One of 4 belarusian objects in UNESCO list. Great defendive style, nice interiours. Interesting labirynth of spiral stairs in the towers - available not for everybody, as the stairs are very steep.
It was a pleasure to have a walk around the castle. We were there in autumn when yellow and red colored trees beautifully highlight the castle.
Nice place, very beautiful and atmospheric. Ideal to go with children, because a lot of places where you can TM to climb, for example, in the towers. Of the minuses only the lack of Parking, ie it is, but about 20-30 cars, and if the buses, and less than half. Had to stop at the curb far away) But overall not bad. Compared to the Nesvizh Palace inside very poor and poor. But it kompensiruet just huge, compared to, again, Nesvizh, castle grounds, the entrance to which is free.
Nice place but need more some authentic decoration, renovation and activities for tourists.
Very atmospheric place. It feels a little gloomy feeling of the middle ages.
The hotel is in a stylized castle.
Отель в замке стилизованный.
Beautiful castle. A lot of sightseeing. Recommend.
Be sure to visit. Very interesting to walk inside the castle and listen to the tour guide. Many tourists from Poland.
Take the time to get into the castle walls and the tower.
Не поленитесь залезть в стены замка и на башню.
Beautiful castle. Exhibits and interiors deserve attention. The restaurant is not recommended due to a very, very long waiting time ( 50 minutes for two pancakes). As a rule, this is the place to see if you want to see a beautiful part of the history of Belarus
one of the best sights in the whole country, very good looking castle, system of pocket audio-guides available
Very interesting. Plus good physical activity... I Recommend to take guidance. It is to ride in the summer. Winter is better in Nesvizh castle. Every two years you can ride with the kids.
This is one of the best castles in Europe! Really worth going. Belarus was major European power for ages and these fantastic remains are good evidence.
It must be in top 5 places to see in Belarus!
What an amazing castle. This is truly a remarkable place where you are right in the middle of history. A most informing museum and on top of that a very decent restaurant ??. It deserves its place on the Unesco list!
Beautiful castle and well maintained museum i love it...!!
Half of the population of Mir was Jewish (Like in Grodno Neisvizch...)
The first murder of the Jews of Mir was on the castle hill
The last Jews of Mir concentrated in the castle before the SS murdered them.
4 stars for the importance of the place. Like is not the right word.