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.