Around Grodno-region: ROUTE «CITY OF MASTERS»

rout_schuchinThe heritage of Grodno is rich in historical events and achitectural monuments. The tourist route ‘Town of Craftsmen” invites you to visit different places connected with the biography and professional activity of world famous writers, scientists and public figures of XIX century. The route will show you the glass plant “Neman” and tell you about the art of glassmaking.

Along the highway M6 we drive to the town Schuchin, located 70  an away from Grodno.

 Schuchin

Schuchin was firs  mentioned in written texts ix early XV century. In 1718 hen was the Piarists’ monastery The Piarists were the reformer of education system in Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth Schuchin Board of Piarists is closely connected with pedagogical and scientific  practice of such outstanding scholars of XVIII-XIX centuries as M.Dogel, K.Narbut, S.Undzill, A.Dovgird. Thus, Matei Dogel (17151760) was the author of «Diplomatic Code of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth», Kazimir Narbut (17381807) wrote many works on eclectic philosophy, Stanislav Bonifatsii Undzill (17611847) is a famous plant biologist and zoologist, Aniol Dovgird (17761835) taught physics, maths, geography, rhetoric, theory of poetry and French language, moreover, he studied philosophy, logic and psychology. Also, Ignatii Domeiko made his first steps in science here in Schuchin.

At present St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, built in 1826-1829 by the landlord – duke Frantishek Ksaverii Dutsky-Lubetsky reminds of the Order of Piarists that was in Schuchin. After the uprising in 18301831 the monastery was transformed into a cathedral church and in 1832 it was closed. In 1919 the Church started its work again, but in 1962 it was closed by the soviet government, in 1989 it reemerged. At present together with Orthodox St. Archangel Michael’s Church, constructed in retrospective-russian style in 1863, the catholic church form the silhouette group in the historical center of the town.

The famous native of Schuchin district was Tetka, the real name was Eloiza Pashkevich (1876-1916). She was born not far from Schuchin in the estate Peschin. Her writings were translated into many languages and contributed greatly to the development of Belarusian literature.

Drutsky-Lubetsky Palace. Schuchin Palace Scipio del Campo and Drutsky-Lubetsky Palace were built in late XIX century. The layout of the Palace is similar to the Petit Trianon Palace on the territories of Versailles – the residence of French kings.

In 1807 the duke Frantishek Ksaverii Dutsky-Lubetsky married his 14-year-old niece Mary Scipion del Campo and added Schuchin lands to his own. Schuchin Palace as well as the town Schuchin belonged to the Drutsky-Lubetsky Family

Next stop is the township Beresovka, Lida district, where you will learn about glassmaking process.

USEFUL INFORMATION

EATING OUT

Restaurant «Vega»

Sovetskaya Street, 2, tel. (801514) 28378

Cafe «Molodezhnoe»

Sovetskaya Street, 2, tel. (801514) 28378

Cafe «Elen»

Sovetskaya Street, 8, tel. (801514) 23438

Cafe «Мб»

Shchuchin area on the M6 highway Mizar

Cafe «Zolotoi bereg»

Lenin Street 43/1, teL (801514) 29142

Cafe «Favorit Lux»

Aviatorov 5, tel. (8033) 6245484

Cafe «Stary Gorod»

Svobody Square 16, tel. (801514) 23432

ACCOMODATION:

Hotel «Elen»

Sovetskaya Street, 8, tel. (801514) 29671

Hotel «Ujut»

Svobody Square, 7, tel. (801514) 27530

Hotel «Pavlinka»

Svobody Square, 6, tel. (801514) 24960

Tourist-information center Sovietskaya Street, 6, tel. (801514) 70834

Bus station

Sovietskaya Street, 41, tel: (801514) 28331

BERESOVKA

More than a half of population of the town is connected with the largest enterprise – Beresovka Glassmaking Plant “Neman”.

The idea of creation of such a plant in Beresovka belonged to a local landowner Zenon Lensky. High demand for goods, resources and fuel, cheap labour definitely promised large profit. But because of the lack of technical documents the authorities denied this offer. Despite this fact, the plant was constructed in the woods. That place was named “Staraya Guta”. In 1891 the plant was taken on lease by Vilhelm Kraevsky and Julius Stolle. Since that time the enterprise became more profitable.

Professional glassmaking knowledge of leaseholders, foreign equipment, technical advisers and setup men from Europe – all these contributed to widening of range of goods. In 1905 Julius Stolle became the only owner of the glass plant because of a tragic death of Vilhelm Kraevsky. Since 1923 there was a company «Stolle and sons». In the time of Soviet Union Beresovka Glassmaking Plant was the 3rd largest plant after the Plant “Gus-Hrustalny” and Diatkovsky Plant in Russia. In I960; the enterprise started the mass production of goods, but also produces items in single copy.

At present on the territory of the plant there is a museum where you can enjoy excursions that tell you many interesting facts about glass making, show you the most wonderful exhibits, many of which got international awards and diplomas.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Hotel «Centralnaya»

Novogrudskaya Street, 16a tel. 8(0154) 561901

Bus station

Korsuk Street, 1 tel. 8(0154) 56-14-67

Cafe «Hrustalny Buket»

Korsuk Street, 8

Billiards-Bar «Zazerkalie»

Korsuk Street, 12, tel. (80154) 61689

Hotel and tourist center «Prinemansky»

Y.Kolas Street, 2, tel. 8(0154) 561671

MOZHEIKOVO

Mozheikovo was known already in 1506. Since 1860 the settlement belonged to the Brohotskie. They built a large estate inclassical style: estate house, aisle, householdbuildings and landscape park with ponds. There is also Mozheikovo Church of St. Mary’s Birth (XVI cent.) located in the   village of Murovanka, near Mozheikovo.

A famous church-fortress, built in 1524,  is not only a monument to belarusian defensive architecture, but it’s also a historical and cultural treasure of world importance.

The interior and exterior of the Church is remarkable. There are 4 cylindric towers in each angle, previously in the towers there were spiral stairs. They led to the attic where the weapons were located! Around the perimeter of the Church and in towers there were gun ports. On the basement level of the Church there was an ammunition; depot with weapons and church relics.

The interior impresses with the beauty of its gothic domes made of special arrow-figured brick. The whole system of arches show the high level of gothic architecture existed on the territory of Belarus.

The Church-fortress in Murovanka village was damaged during the wars in mid. XVII early XVIII centuries. It was closed for a long time. Then it was reconstructed for several times and today it is the functioning orthodox church which impresses everyone who visits it.

Every year in September 21, on the day of Virgin Mary’s Birth this ancient Belarusian church celebrates a liturgy.

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