Village Dobrovlyany (Dabraulany) is located in the Smorgon region, near the urban village Svir and the P95 highway, and the main attraction of the place are the buildings preserved from the times Gunter estate.

Palace near Dabraulany
Malyunak 1835, author: Bachmatowicz Kazimierz

The first mentions of Dobrovlyany date back to the 16th century, when the lands belonged to representatives of the Zenovich family. However, quite quickly the place passed to Adam Roski, from him to the Zabirskis, and then a series of owners changed so quickly that their names often did not have time to be recorded in the chronicles.

Dabraulyany sennya

The situation changed when Dobrolyany was bought by Prince Pavel Karol Sangushko (this is exactly the branch of the Sangushki who owned castle in Smolyan), during which the construction of a Baroque palace began here.

Dobrovlyany, Belarus

The Dobrolyans remained behind Sangushki until 1785, when Hieronymus Sangushko decided to sell the estate to the Abramovich brothers. From which in 1818 the rich lands passed to Adam Gunther and Alexandra Constance Tyzenhaus. Probably this period in the history of the Dobrolyans should be considered a real heyday.

Palace near Dabraulany
Malyunak 1917

Park near Dabraulany

From 1823 to 1830, active work was underway to rebuild the old Sangushek Palace according to the design of the Vilnius architect Jan Boretti. The result is an interesting example of the classicism style on the foundations of the baroque. Look at what the Günther estate looked like (bottom photo); unfortunately, this architectural monument has not survived.

Syadziba Guntarau
1916 This is what Günter's wife looked like when she was 20 years old, krynitsa:

Like many similar estates, the ancient palace was badly damaged during the First World War, but remained relatively intact. It was dismantled after the 40s for building materials, some of which were used for the construction of various collective farm buildings.

Chapel in Dobrovlyany
A drop in Dabraulyanakh

Adam Gunther had three daughters, each of whom was noted for both cultural and educational activities. They were interested in writing, music and travel. Many of the talented cultural figures of that time visited Dobrovlyany. There are interesting stories and memories of how Vladislav Syrokomlya planted maples here, Vincent Dunin-Martsinkevich hid from the authorities after the revolution of 1863, and Stanislav Moniuszko gave private concerts.

Palace near Dabraulany
1835, halovny ўvakhod

In the second half of the 19th century, Dobrovlyany was confiscated from the Gunters, and the Khominskys became the new owners. It was under them that outbuildings made of red brick were built. The Dobrolyans remained with the Khominskys until 1939, after which the rich estate was nationalized. There is, however, other information that during the period of Interwar Poland the palace was returned to the heirs of the Gunthers. However, there is a third version about the fate of the estate: the estate was completely destroyed and dismantled back in the 20s. One of the last photographs dates back to 1920.

Dabraulany old photo
krynitsa: book by Aftanazy Roman “Dzieje rezydencji na dawnych kresach Rzeczypospolitej” volume 4

What remains of the Gunthers' former estate today? On the outskirts of the village you can see a small roadside chapel, which was allegedly installed on behalf of Adam Gunther himself in 1826.

Kaplіtsa Günther
Malyunak 1835, author: Bachmatowicz Kazimierz. This drop can be used in the future

There is a chapel, which is now used as a local church. Apparently, the building originally had a commercial purpose, and already in the 90s it was converted into a chapel.

Creamery in Dobrovlyany

The most interesting are those brick buildings with neo-Gothic features.

Ruins of the Günter manor

The most interesting thing is this building, which is somewhat reminiscent of a distillery or stable.

Gunter Manor in Dobrovlyany

In the distance stands a two-story house, most likely serving as housing for workers.

Dabraulyany satziba

Syadzibna-parkava complex Günterau

The one-story house is already a former housekeeper's house.

Where was the Gunter estate located?

In the ancient park you can find the foundations of a manor house, ice houses, and a bridge over a river, but everything is in a very neglected state. Below is a point with the place where the palace stood and outbuildings are located.

If you are in these parts, I recommend going to see the neo-Gothic Church in Nestanishki.

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