Tower of Kamyanyets, Kamyanyets

The Tower of Kamieniec, often called by the misnomer the White Tower, is the main landmark of the town of Kamieniec in Belarus. Erected in 1271–1289 by the architect Oleksa as a frontier stronghold on the northern border of the principality of Volhynia, it is the only such tower remaining to this day in the area. The name Bielaja Vieža, which literally means White Tower or White Fortress in Belarusian, presumably derives from the tower's proximity to the Belavezhskaya Pushcha Forest, but not from its color, which has been brick-red through the ages, never white.Standing atop a gentle rise overlooking the Liasnaja river, the tower is the main landmark of Kamieniec today. The first record in the chronicles about the foundation of the tower dates from 1276. It was erected in the 1270s. Today it is a national historic site. Since 1960 the tower houses a branch of the Brest regional museum. Once similar towers were built in Brest, Grodno, Turau, Navahradak, but they were destroyed in the course of wars. The tower of Kamieniec is the only one that survived in Belarus until the present.
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  • Despite the use of red brick, the name of the tower is the White Veja (why so - read in historical references, which, which gave the name of the Bialowieza Forest. Located quite close from the entrance to the forest. That's why it's definitely worth a visit and a look! Inside we looked (keep in mind, on some days of the week it is closed) to estimate the thickness of the walls - 2.5 meters at a diameter of 13 meters! They did not examine the exhibition, in part because you can only climb the observation deck with a guide who "was busy." However, we recommend touching the 13th century creation! Also in Kamenz in walking distance is a monument to the "architect" Oleks, as well as an Orthodox church, a Catholic church and a synagogue (almost the only place in the world where they are in a ring with a diameter of less than 1 kilometer to each other).
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  • The town of Kamjanławiec is located on the road from Brest to the Beloveshka forest. On the way back from the woods, we decided to stop at this place and see his sights. The main attraction of the site is a red brick tower raised in the XII or the XIII century that served to defend the local population from the German Knights of the Tevtonic Order. The Tevtonci went to the east to spread the German domination and Catholicism but this tower and place were never able to win. The main reason was the relief because the tower with the nearby village was raised in the middle of the swamp area and was still surrounded by water barges. Unfortunately, we arrived very late and we could not visit the tower from the inside and enjoy the panoramic from the top. Around the tower are several interesting monuments and a very beautiful and elegant white church raised in Russian style.
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  • My experience in there was incredible, there was a party in the whole town, besides it's beautiful and hysterical place and I think it's one of the oldest places in Belarus.
  • Worth visiting if you are nearby.
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