administrative division (voblast) in western Belarus
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Grodno Oblast, or Hrodna Voblast, is a region in the western part of Belarus.

Cities and townsEdit

Map of Grodno Oblast

  • 1 Grodno — the center of the region and one of the oldest cities in Belarus. Hrodna is a home to a 12th-century church, an old castle, and numerous remarkable buildings from the late 17th-early 20th century.
  • 2 Ashmyany — a town with several interesting churches and a well-preserved brick synagogue.
  • 3 Astravyets — some interesting churches in the town, and more in the neighborhood.
  • 4 Dziatlava   (Дзятлава) — a small town with a nice Catholic church from 17th century and a number of interesting secular buildings.
  • 5 Iǔje — a settlement with an old Catholic church and an unusual wooden mosque, one of the few surviving pieces of the traditional architecture of the Belarusian Tatars.
  • 6 Lida — an old city with a Gothic castle from the 14th-century.
  • 7 Masty   (Масты)
  • 8 Navahrudak — an ancient town with the ruins of a 13th-century castle and fine churches from the 18th-19th century.
  • 9 Slonim — a town with well-preserved churches and secular buildings from the 18th-early 20th century.
  • 10 Smarhoń — an interesting old church (originally Kalvinist) and some World War I fortifications.
  • 11 Vaǔkavysk — a town with picturesque surroundings, including the hills on which the mediaeval settlement originally stood.
  • 12 Zeĺva   (Зэльва)

Other destinationsEdit

St. Michael's fortified church in Synkavichy.
  • 1 Hierviaty (Гервяты) — a village with a magnificent neo-gothic church
  • 2 Hniezna (Гнезна) — a village that preserves a fine gothic church from the 16th-century.
  • 3 Haĺšany (Holszany, Гальшаны) – a village with a ruined castle and a Baroque monastery, once a seat of a princely Holszanski family.
  • 4 Hieraniony   (Gieranony, Геранёны) – the ruins of a Gothic castle which once belonged to Olbracht Gasztołd (d. 1539), the Grand Chancellor of Lithuania.
  • 5 Kreva   (Крэва) – a town with a 14th-century castle where Kęstutis of Lithuania was murdered and the first union treaty between Poland and Lithuania was signed.
  • 6 Liubča   (Любча) – yet another Renaissance castle of the Radziwill family can be seen in this small town.
  • 7 Mir (Мір) — one of the most-known destinations in Belarus, with an original castle from the 16th century and a nice old town with 19th-century buildings.
  • 8 Usialiub   (Usyalub, Уселюб) — a village with a Catholic church from the 15th century. In the 19th century, the village was owned by a branch of the Irish O'Rourke family, whose funeral chapel survives to the present day.
  • 9 Žyrovičy (Жыровіцы) — a village that is home to a large monastery dating back to the early 17th century.


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Fortified Gothic churchesEdit

Fortified Gothic churches can be seen in several regions of Europe (notably in Transylvania in Romania). Those in Belarus add one more element to the curious blend: they are Orthodox, and the corresponding architectural tradition has its share of influence on these buildings as well.

  • 1 Church of St. Michael, Synkavičy. The most fortified church in the whole region.
  • 2 Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Muravanka. This well-preserved fortified church is especially beautifully decorated.

Struve Geodetic ArcEdit

A world heritage site with two points in Grodno Oblast:

  • 3 "Tupischki": Tupishki, Oshmyany - About 500m southwest of the hamlet lies the marker; apparently at a height of 311 m ASL. It's marked by a small black obelisk with a globe representing the Earth on the top of it.
  • 4 "Lopati": Lopaty, Zelva - The Lopati marker is easily accessible in the middle of a field right next to the P141 road.




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