Navahrudak Castle, Navahradak

#23 of 34 in Historic Sites in Grodno Region
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The former castle in Navahrudak, Belarus (Belarusian: Навагрудскі замак, Lithuanian: Naugarduko pilis, Polish: Zamek w Nowogródku) was one of the key strongholds of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, cited by Maciej Stryjkowski as the location of Mindaugas's coronation as King of Lithuania as well as his likely burial place. Modern historians cannot make up their minds as to the true location of Mindaugas's coronation.

As early as the 14th century, Navahrudak is known to have possessed a stone tower along the lines of Tower of Kamyanyets. Other fortifications were of timber. The castle was stormed by the Teutonic Knights under Heinrich von Plötzke in 1314. Although the attack was not successful, the tower sustained substantial damage.

During the reign of Vytautas the Great four new stone towers were added to the system of Navahrudak fortifications. In the 17th century the main castle boasted 7 towers, apart from those of the Lesser Castle. Navahrudak was one of the northernmost forts besieged by the Crimean Tatars in the 16th century.

Navahrudak was twice occupied by Russian forces during the Russo-Polish War (1654–67). Further destruction was inflicted by the Swedes who sacked Navahrudak as part of the Great Northern War in 1706. Attempts to preserve the ruins from further decay were undertaken in the 1920s. The castle grounds at present provide the setting for medieval reenactment and theatrical jousting.

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  • After visit the other two castles in vicinity we visited here. I loved this place- yes it's a ruin and has has some restoration work on the two remaining walls . I felt a certain majesty about this...  more »
  • f you decide to travel from Grodno to visit Mir's castle you won't miss ruins of castle in Novogrudok. This place is just stunning. Its history starts at the XI century. Walls of the castle have...  more »
  • The ruins are put to use in a modern way!
  • The old ruined tower is truly a sight to behold, but the one with "evroremont"... It just looks plain wrong.. Wrong colour, stupid steel beams and roofs. What a shame

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