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Published: March 29th 2015
Icy moat around Nesvizh Castle
A cold January morning. Occasional sun.
Nesvizh is home to Nesvizh castle
and the interesting Corpus Christi Church,
both important reminders of the Radziwiłłs family,
an estate of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
starting in the 16th century.
Traveled with our good friend Ellen.
our chance acquaintance on our Poland trip?
We have met him several times since in Minsk.
We met him and his friend, Olga, for a drive to Nesvizh.
Olga doesn't like to drive outside the city,
so I was the designated country driver.
It was nice to get back in the drivers seat.
The castle is nicely remodeled
in some of the many styles that the
great house wore during its many years.
Large ceramic heaters in the corner of every room
kept this place warm during the long winters.
The game room with billiards and animal trophies
was a sight to behold.
Lunch at the castle was very good,
linen covered tables and
At the Corpus Christi Church,
catholic because of the Polish influence
the ceiling painted with frescoes
and a Last Supper was behind the alter.
We 5 plus 4 others sitting on front benches
in the cold church, emphasized by
icicle crystals hanging from the chandelier.
listened to our very passionate red-haired tour guide.
She told us the history of the church and Radziwiłłs family.
She, alternately pointing at us and pictures in a photo album,
multiple dents in the plastic covering the photos
from her intense tapping with her fingernail.
Entertaining even though it is in Russian,
we get the gist from short translations by Alexander.
The crypt was creepy because it was packed
with old birch coffins and had a musty smell.
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