About Belarus

David-Gorodok, Belarus

updated on 31.01.2015

David-Gorodok is the second largest town in Stolin District with the population of over 7 000 people. The castle mound and St. George Church (XVII) are the historic highlights of David-Gorodok. Read full article


Stolin - the very south of Belarus

updated on 31.01.2015

First mentioned in the chronicles in 1555, Stolin is based on the Garyn River 245 km away from Brest. Its population today is about 12 500 people. Read full article


The history of Slonim, Belarus

updated on 31.01.2015

The name Slonim is explained by several theories - some researchers believe that constant finds of mammoth bones... Read full article


Dyatlovo or Zhetl

updated on 13.10.2014

Dyatlovo is a city on the Dyatlovka River, 165 km away from Grodno. In the past its residents always called the city Zetelo or Zdenciol... Read full article


Jews of Novogrudok

updated on 21.09.2014

The sources on Novogrudok Jewish community are scarce though it has been established that the number of towns with permanent Jewish population started to grow in 16 century... Read full article


Novogrudok - the capital of the Grand Duchy

updated on 21.09.2014

Mentioned in the Chronicles also as Novogorodok and Novy Gorodok, Novogrudok is one of the country’s oldest cities. While scientists argue about 1044 or 1219 being... Read full article


Baranovichy or Baranowicze (Western Belarus)

updated on 27.08.2014

Capitalism development and the growth of the domestic market along with economic and strategic considerations forced the tsar government of the... Read full article


Ilia

updated on 21.08.2014

Ilia borough – today a village - acquired a pretty interesting street system as it was expanding. Ilia was first mentioned in 1475 as a yard of Sakovich... Read full article


graves.by - it might change Belarus!

updated on 16.08.2014

The only evidence of a man’s being on this earth very often is a tombstone. Regrettably, these collapse because of maltreatment or age or simply sink into the ground... Read full article


Lyakhovichy - one out of many shtettls...

updated on 16.08.2014

For the first time Lyakhovichy (Russian: Ë˙őîâč÷č. Yiddish: לעכעוויטש) is mentioned in the chronicles in 1492 as the center of Lyakhovichy area. At that point it wasn’t... Read full article


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