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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  • The tower is red brick, well restored. According to the description - 13 tholder buildings, but the quality of bricks and masonry visually correspond to a much later time. The purpose of the structure is unclear. The museum's exhibition is not rich. Only with a tour guide is allowed to enter the observation deck, which, of course, is paid additionally. It is not necessary to go specifically, but on the way to Brest (from Brest) you can wrap. The town itself is very clean and pleasant.
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  • It's a very interesting and significant place. We got here in the evening on the way from Brest to the Bialowieza Forest. It is worth wandering around the neighborhood - there are interesting monuments nearby.
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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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