Vornyany - this is a small village, Ostrovets district in the Grodno region, but despite its compact size, there is something to see here. Main attraction - Church of St. Yuri, and another remarkable place in the agricultural town - watchtower Abramovichilocated on the island.

Unusual sights of Belarus - Vornany

Winter Belarus - Vornany

Once this place was known for its palace and park ensemble. Abromovichi estates with a number of outbuildings, a large park and a pond. Unfortunately, most of the buildings were destroyed in the first half of the 20th century.

Drawing of Napoleon Orda - Vornany
On the left - a palace, a tower on the island, on the right - an outbuilding

The Vornany themselves have been known in history since 1391 as a possession Songailov, and the lands were transferred to Abramovich by decision of King Stefan Bathory at the end of the 16th century.

Tower on the island in Vornany

Until 1867, almost 3 centuries, the history of the Vornyans was closely connected with the Abramovichs, but the branch of the family tragically ends on Ignaty Abramovich, after which the land passed to smaller owners.

Abramovich Palace Varnana
This is what the Vornyany looked like in the first half of the 19th century. Lithograph - J. Bruder, 1824

It is believed that most of the estate complex was built during Marcianne Abramovich in the second half of the 18th century. The central place was occupied by a two-story wooden palace, of rather modest architecture, but with rich interior decoration. Several old photographs have been preserved, from the time when the building had already been significantly rebuilt during Sniadecki (last owners).

What the estate looked like in Vornany
Photo before 1914. From the book: Aftanazy R. Dzieje rezydencji na dawnych kresach Rzeczypospolitej

A unique part of the park complex was a reservoir with an island, where the tower was located. A flyover bridge led to it, which has already been replaced by a lifting bridge with a motor.

Abandoned tower in Vornany

The original architecture of the watchtower was more interesting - neo-gothic. At the time when the Vornany belonged to the Khominskys, the tower was simplified, partially rebuilt in the Gothic style.

Watchtower of the Abramovichs in Vornany

Regarding the appointment, everything is also a little simpler than it seems. The tower only bears the name of a guard tower, but it has never been one, but served as a resting place and served as a pavilion.

Vornyanskaya tower has three floors, and the main entrance is located on the second tier. A few years ago, a unique attraction was restored and electricity was provided. The area around it was ennobled, a recreation area with a gazebo, tables, benches and a barbecue was also equipped. According to rumors, it was even possible to rent a room in the tower itself, but then something went wrong. At the beginning of 2023, the tower stands abandoned with a broken door, cut off electricity and a sawn-off staircase.

Leads to the island drawbridge, which is not often seen in our latitudes. Finding this attraction is not difficult, see the mark on the map:

What else is interesting to see in this region? Nearby is a massive church in Michalishki, And in Gervyatakh - one of the most beautiful temples in the country. More sights in Belarus.


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