"Mir - small city with amazing castle" Mir by Raimix

Mir Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 46 photos

Small city of Mir is one of the main tourist spots in Belarus. Mir castle picture mostly dominates on intro pages in tourism brochures, advertisements, books, representing Belarus. I think if you plan the trip to
Belarus, Mir should be a must see place. Moreover, it is not so far from capital of Belarus Minsk.

First time, when Mir was mentioned, is the year 1395. At that time German crusaders destroyed this place for revenge, as they couldn’t destroy another that time important city in Lithuanian Grand Duchy - Novogrudok. Later, in 1434, Lithuanian Duke Sigismund gave Mir to Courtier Simeon Gedygoldovich, after some years it was given to Ilyiniches. The start of constructing nice architectural forms castle started at the beginning of 16th century.

It is strange that name of Mir is not from the word peace (“mir” is peace in Russian language), but from Arabic word “Amir”, that was given at older times by Tartars. Amir means the “prince”, “commander”.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Some nice historical objects not so far from capital Minsk.
  • Cons:Nothing to say.
  • In a nutshell:Small historical place with impressive castle.
  • Last visit to Mir: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Feb 27, 2011
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  • ZiOOlek's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Interesting place! :-)

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Mir and Nesvizh are in my wish list for a long time. Hope to go there someday. Thank you Raimundas for reminding!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    What a different Castle, I like it! Thanks for sharing!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Hello, Raimundas! Thanks for your interesting story! ><><><><

  • sihi's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2009 at 1:52 AM

    Enjoyed your Mir page!! I hope to visit this place this year.

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2008 at 8:55 AM

    Great tips and photos. The Mir Castle looks amazing. Best from New Jersey, Bill

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2007 at 6:30 AM

    Interesting tips about this Belarusian wonder. I'll visit it one day, when Belarus'... Thanks for your ratings about Arras and Boulogne.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Raimis, fabulous little page about this gem of Belarus. As you know the country is ranked very high on my must-visit list, mabe in combination with another visit of Lithuania.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 3:44 AM

    Very interesting castle. I hope to visit it one day too :))

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2007 at 12:35 AM

    i didn't expect to see such medivial style castle in Belarus. I should inscribe the place in the list of my future travellings...


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