Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Mir for all seasons
I love postcards which show the seasons but I hadn't anticipated two views of the same castle, Mir in Belarus, one in winter and one in summer. I imagine the top card is an older one and that the tree seen there has been felled, but I may be wrong. it may be something to do with the camera angle that has cut it out of the second picture.
The castle dates from the end of the 15th century although, as usual, it has had many later additions, extensions and reconstructions. It was badly damaged during the Napoleonic Wars but later restored. During WWII it became a prison camp. The present restoration started about 30 years ago. It is a very distinctive castle, built of red brick with white plaster decoration. It has four towers, all different, and a central tower gate. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.