In February I received cards of two Belarussian castles — both UNESCO sites — from Pauline from the Postcrossing forum.

UNESCO mir castle

Construction of the Mir Castle Complex was begun in the late 15th century. Around 1568, the castle came into the possession of Nicholas Christopher Radziwill (Mikołaj Krzysztof Radziwiłł), a member of the noble Radziwiłł family. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.

The Radziwiłł family also owned a nearby castle, Nesvizh Castle:

UNESCO niasvizh

Nesvizh Castle was listed with UNESCO in 2005. Mikołaj Krzysztof Radziwiłł began construction of the chateau in 1582. Construction was completed in 1604, but the castle was sacked 1706. After this, it was renovated and enlarged. Between 1551 and 1770 it was the home of the Lithuanian Archive. After 1770 the Radziwiłł was expelled by invading Russians and the castle abandoned, but like Mir Castle it was restored in the late 19th century.

Pauline also used some new and interesting stamps that I will share:

BELARUS polar bear

This stamp shows a polar bear and the Arctic Ocean.

Thanks for the cards and the expansion of my UNESCO card collection, Pauline!

A bonus card of Nesvizh Castle! I was sorting through my un-blogged cards and found this other card I received through the official Postcrossing site in February. It is another view of Nesvizh Castle:



That’s all for now. Bye!