If you are looking for unusual historical places of Belarus, then it is worth visiting the Korelichi district. There is a village in this area May Day, in which ruins of the estate complex "Obrina". On the territory of this once majestic estate, you can still see the structure of the Raevsky-Kashitsy times.

Pervomaiskaya, estate Kashitsey "Obrina"
This is how the Obrin estate looked like in its best years, drawing by Napoleon Orda, mid-19th century

The name of the estate comes from the name of an old manor - Obrino, this is exactly what the village of Pervomaiskaya used to be called.

What the estate complex of Obrin looked like
An up-to-date snapshot showing existing and lost objects

In the annals, the first mention of this place dates back to the first half of the 16th century. The lands at different times were owned by: Ratomsky, Kharitonovichi, Obrinskiye (perhaps the name maentka came from them), Khodkevichi.

Manor Kashitsey "Obrina"
1894, photo by Theofill Boretti

Construction of the estate, which, judging by the picture Napoleon Orda rather resembled a palace, it began even when Konstantin Dunin-Raetsky in the 30s, 19th century. The main building included 5 buildings, and a large park was located around them. Also on the territory there were outbuildings, some of which can be seen today.

Obrin's estate Belarus
The place where the main part of the estate was located
The last representatives of the genus Kashitsey in Belarus
photo from Turets and Yeremiche Societies in Israel and America, 1978

The history of the estate Kashytsy "Obrina"

The estate, which is captured in old photographs, was formed by 1839 after the death of Konstantin Raetsky. From him, the estate passed into the possession of his daughter Sophia and her husband Jozef Kashytsya, this is how representatives of another ancient family of Belarus appear in the history of Obrin - gruel.

The place where the manor of the Kashitse family was located
Modern view of the main entrance and outbuilding, below is an old photo from a similar angle
What did Obrin's estate look like?
1930, unknown photographer

Manor Kashitsey-Raetsky conveniently located on the banks of a small stream Obrinka. Central to the composition was a large manor house, somewhat reminiscent of a real castle. 

Obrin's estate old photo
1917 photo by Stanisława Dangla

The front side was distinguished by a massive portico and had 2 floors with an attic, and the park side - as many as three floors with a basement. To the left of the main façade a terrace and an entrance alley with a front door for carriages are decorated. An atypical element of the development of the complex is the adjoining building of a high wings.

Homestead and office Kashycey
photo from the book Aftanazy Roman, presumably 1921. On the left - the park facade of the estate, on the right - an outbuilding with a bridge.
Outbuilding of Obrin's estate
The ruins of the wing from the top photo, modern view 2023
Old photo of Obrin's wing
photo of the outbuilding from the side of the park and the river. photo by Teofill Boretti 1894

Unlike the wing, the manor was destroyed to the ground, in its place is now a small one-story building.

Manor Kashitsey "Obrina" in the village of Pervomaiskaya

Manor Kashitsey "Obrina" in the village of Pervomaiskaya

The main part of the complex included 3 more buildings, clearly visible in old photographs.

Old picture of the estate Kasicey
on the left - another outbuilding, in the center - a lamus with a clock, on the right - a barn, the ruins of which have been preserved. Photograph from Aftanazy Roman, before 1921

These buildings were made of large rubble stone, brick and wood, separated from the manor house by a chestnut alley and a road with a bridge.

Manor Kashitsey "Obrina" in the village of Pervomaiskaya
arch bridge

What has been preserved from the estates of the Raevskys in Obrin

The barn, which miraculously came down to us in the form of ruins, had three floors, was built in 1839, this is evidenced by the foundation stone.

Manor Kashitsey "Obrina" in the village of Pervomaiskaya

ice barn

To the left of the barn was an unusual building - lamus. Its lower floors were used as an ice building, and the upper ones were used for the needs of workers (there were 4 floors in total). An interesting fact is that a clock with chimes was located on the towers of the lyamus, perhaps with their help they informed about the beginning and end of the working day.

The second outbuilding, rather modest in size, was located closer to the river and the stables.

Stable Kashicey in Obryna
neo-gothic stable building

The stable was built already in the later times of Kasice, the date 1912 is preserved on the facade.

The park area of ​​the Obrin estate did not have a clear outline - the trees were not planted in a line - this gave the park a natural look. Along the alley there were other outbuildings: a cheese factory, a forge and a brovar. The estate remained behind Kashitsy-Raevsky until 1939, when the Bolsheviks confiscated the estate.

The estate was destroyed in the war and early post-war years. The last owner of the estate, Felix Kashica, was shot (he was suspected of conspiring with the Germans).

Manor Kashitsey "Obrina" in the village of Pervomaiskaya

Manor Kashitsey "Obrina" in the village of Pervomaiskaya

On the territory of the manor and park complex Obrina is partially preserved family chapel-tomb, the ruins of which are located in the far part of the park.

Abandoned tomb of the Kashitse family

Below is a point with the placement of the ruins of the barn from which it is better to start exploring this place.

Three kilometers from the Kasicey estate is the village of Eremichi, where you can visit Ascension Churchbuilt in 1867. Another interesting attraction of the region is the ruins of the Trinity Church in Berezovets.

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Sasha Poshykovich
Sasha Poshykovich
2 years ago

In the summer it is difficult to see something here. Most of the buildings are in ruins and heavily overgrown, it is best to go in winter or autumn