ZALESYE for tourists: around Grodno-region

zalesieSeveral kilometers away from Smorgon there is the home of famous composer and diplomat Michał Kleofas Ogiński. It is the place where he romposed his well-known Polonaise.

In 1815 Ogiński estate was restored. There was built a water mill, a greenhouse, a garden, a chapel. Eventually the estate turned into a real masterpiece of Classicism architecture, and it was long known as the Northern Athens. The beautiful palace was surrounded by picturesque English park, with memory stones in it. The composer spent his best years here, however, in 1822 he had to flee so as to escape arrest.

Currently the restoration of Zalesye palace is underway.

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