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Chapel-burial vault of Svyatopolk-Mirsky family

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Type: Cemeteries, burial places, chapels Style: Modernist style Date of Foundation: 1904 year Status: Republican value Republic of Belarus, Grodno region, Korelichi district, Mir, Krasnoarmeyskaya street, 2

The chapel and burial vault of Svyatopolk-Mirsky family is a small church with a high tower-belfry and a mosaic depicting the face of the Pantokrator. It is an integral part of the architectural complex of the Mirsky castle complex, even though it was built in 1904 - exactly four centuries later. Some representatives of princely Sviatopolk-Mirsky family - the last owners of Mirsky castle - were buried here in the first half of the ХХ century.

In 1891 the commander of the Russian Empire, Prince Nikolai Sviatopolk-Mirsky purchased an estate in Mir - a small settlement in Vilna province. There were the castle ruins. And it was hardly possible to imagine once powerful Radziwill residence that these ruins looked like in the XVI century. The princely Svyatopolk-Mirsky family moved to Mir and started to reconstruct the estate. The prince built a two-storeyed stone palace near Mirsky castle, founded a distillery and laid out a park. Soon the prince decides to dig a large water reservoir between the manor house and the castle. There was an apple-tree garden. Local people refused to cut the trees because there was the believe that cutting a blossoming tree is a big sin. But the prince didn”t want to give up and started to cut trees himself. Since that time there has been a legend in Mir that the Prince was soon punished for cutting blossoming garden by premature death. And even today locals think that people will continue to die in the pond till the number of drowned men will be equal to the number of cut trees.

65-year-old Prince Nikolai Sviatopolk-Mirsky died in 1898. His wife, Princess Cleopatra, decided to build a chapel and a family burial vault in the village. Robert Marfeld became its architect. He decided to construct a chapel that wouldn”t spoil the existing Mirsky castle architectural ensemble.

The chapel and burial vault of Svyatopolk-Mirsky family was built on a hill at the eastern castle mound. It appeared to be strict and monumental building combining the elements of the Neo-Romanesque style and the red-brick architecture. There was a huge mosaic panel «Christ Pantocrator» on the main facade of the chapel that was oriented to the south. The panel followed the Byzantine tradition and its design was based on the drawing made by the artist Nikolai Harlamov. Not far from the mosaic was the princely coat of arms dedicated to St.Nikolai that was the protector of the Sviatopolk-Mirsky family. Inside there were two premises - a main hall meant for divine services, and a burial vault for 20 people that was located underneath.

It took six years to build the chapel and burial vault of Svyatopolk-Mirsky family in Mir. In the 1920s roses were planted in front of the chapel. Soon a beautiful picturesque park appeared around it.

The chapel and burial vault started functioning in 1910. Princess Cleopatra, a wife of Nikolai Sviatopolk-Mirsky, died the same year after all construction work was finished as if she did her last duty - had buried her husband and son in the built chapel and burial vault.

During the war and postwar period the chapel and burial vault of Sviatopolk-Mirsky family was looted. The princely coat of arms crashed down in the 1970s. For the next 30 years the chapel had being gradually destroying. Only in 2004 its reconstruction was begun: a bell was casted and facade mosaic icons were placed. A year later there was a symbolic first divine service in honor of the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family.

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Date Tour Adults / children
08:00 21-October (Monday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
08:00 23-October (Wednesday) All of Belarus (5 day)
22'347 / 21'061
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08:00 24-October (Thursday) Weekend in Minsk (4 days)
13'500 / 13'100
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09:00 24-October (Thursday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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09:00 24-October (Thursday) UNESCO world heritage - Mir and Nesvizh castles
3'555 / 3'199
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08:00 26-October (Saturday) Brands of Belarus (2 days)
9'003 / 8'360
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08:00 26-October (Saturday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 27-October (Sunday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 28-October (Monday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 28-October (Monday) All of Belarus (7 days)
29'743 / 28'617
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08:00 30-October (Wednesday) All of Belarus (5 day)
22'347 / 21'061
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08:00 31-October (Thursday) Weekend in Minsk (4 days)
13'500 / 13'100
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09:00 31-October (Thursday) UNESCO world heritage - Mir and Nesvizh castles
3'555 / 3'199
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09:00 31-October (Thursday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 02-November (Saturday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 02-November (Saturday) Brands of Belarus (2 days)
9'003 / 8'360
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08:00 03-November (Sunday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 04-November (Monday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 04-November (Monday) All of Belarus (7 days)
29'743 / 28'617
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08:00 07-November (Thursday) Weekend in Minsk (4 days)
13'500 / 13'100
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09:00 07-November (Thursday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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09:00 07-November (Thursday) UNESCO world heritage - Mir and Nesvizh castles
3'555 / 3'199
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08:00 09-November (Saturday) Brands of Belarus (2 days)
9'003 / 8'360
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08:00 09-November (Saturday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 10-November (Sunday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 11-November (Monday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 14-November (Thursday) Weekend in Minsk (4 days)
13'500 / 13'100
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09:00 14-November (Thursday) UNESCO world heritage - Mir and Nesvizh castles
3'555 / 3'199
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09:00 14-November (Thursday) Mir Castle - Nesvizh Palace
2'635 / 2'175
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08:00 16-November (Saturday) Brands of Belarus (2 days)
9'003 / 8'360
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Address Republic of Belarus, Grodno region, Korelichi district, Mir, Krasnoarmeyskaya street, 2 GPS Google: 53.451279′ N, 26.475382′ E