Niasviz Castle is located in the western part of Belarus; it was residential castle of the Radvilas family, one of the most important and wealthy families of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania; for centuries it housed the Lithuanian Archive.
Niasviz Castle was constructed at the end of the 16th century on the base of a former medieval fortification. The three-storey castle was built in the Renaissance-Baroque style. The castle was renovated in the 18th century and a large English-style park was constructed. In Soviet times, the castle was used as a sanatorium.
The castle was designated the national historical and cultural reserve in 1994. Niasviz castle complex was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. The reconstruction of the castle is still ongoing.
Niasviz Castle, Belarus (Photo: GNU)