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Lida Castle, Lida

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Lida Castle was one of several citadels erected by Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania in the early 14th century to defend his lands against the expansion of the Teutonic Knights. Other links in this chain of defense included Hrodna, Navahrudak, Kreva, Medininkai, and Trakai. The modern town of Lida, Belarus grew up around this castle. Lida Castle is 141m above sea level.
The site selected for the castle is naturally defended by the Kamenka and Lida rivers to east and west. Construction of boulder walls was carried out in 1323, 1324, and 1325. Later they were faced with red brick. The castle had two angle towers and a church, which was moved outside the walls in 1533. The upper storeys of both towers were lived in.
Despite its strong fortifications, Lida was taken by the Teutonic Knights on several occasions . Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas gave it to his ally, Khan Tokhtamysh, who settled "in a yurt near the castle". In 1406, the family of Yury of Smolensk was locked up in Lida as hostages; his attempt to take the castle and liberate them was not successful. In 1433, Lida was a point of contention between Švitrigaila and his cousin Sigismund Kęstutaitis.
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  • Very interesting place, the exposition is not big, but thanks to the guide (did not remember the name, the guy in the Roe and hat) just dipped in that era. Earlier, the ruins were written. Of course, now a landmark place, especially in the complex with Novogrukom and Mirsky, for comparison.
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  • The castle is in good condition, fits perfectly into the urban space and is its decoration. We went to its territory, and the exposition did not look, because it was necessary to go upstairs, and we were already on the Mir Castle))). The castle looks modestly both outside and out of the yard. For those. Who have not seen Mir and Neswizhsky castles, I advise you to start with Lida.
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