Palace complex Sapeg p. Ruzhany
Belarus, Ruzhany

The Ruzhany palace complex of Sapieha is one of the youngest museums in Belarus. The palace in Ruzhany was erected in 1602 by Chancellor Leo Sapieha. The exact time of the start of construction is unknown. Ruzhany records dated 1602 refer to large-scale construction work, without indicating the place of construction. The castle was built on the site of the old Tyszkiewicz manor, to which the estate belonged earlier. In the 1770s, the palace was actually rebuilt: there was a library, a conservatory and a separate theater building (1784-86) at the palace. An English park was laid around him. In 1784, the King of Poland and the Prince of Lithuania Stanislav Ponyatovsky visited the palace. During the First World War, a severe fire broke out in the palace, part of the walls collapsed. After World War II, the condition of the Ruzhany Palace was deplorable. The palace was not restored. The remains of the palace walls were destroyed, the locals dismantled the bricks for the restoration of farms in the post-war period.
Since 2008, archaeological excavations and restoration work have been carried out in Ruzhany. In December 2010, the restored shrine and outbuilding were commissioned. In 2011, a museum began to operate in the eastern wing of the southern building of the Ruzhansky palace complex, the exposition of which is dedicated to the history of the Sapieha family. Restoration work on the restoration of the "Belarusian Versailles," as the Palace complex is called, continues. In the near future, the restoration of the main building of the palace is planned.

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