Duboe (in some sources dubai, and on old maps Duboya) has been mentioned in chronicles since the end of the 15th century. The estate repeatedly passed from one noble family to another. At different times, both the Radziwills and the Oginskys owned Duboe, but perhaps they left the greatest mark Kuzhenetsky. The lands were transferred to them from Pinsk Jesuits, whose mission operated in these parts until 1773. Just at this moment, after the liquidation of the Jesuit order, Jozef Kuzhenetsky acquires Duba. Around that time, work on the construction of the Catholic chapel was being completed, and in parallel, the estate was being rebuilt and the park was expanding.

Chapel Kuzhenetsky

Today from the Kuzhenetsky estates only fragments remained: a park, several outbuildings and the ruins of a gate. The main and most interesting object of the complex is the former Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Crosswhich served as a family tomb.

Catholic Chapel Duboi

The architecture of the chapel belongs to the Baroque style, the building itself is octagonal in shape with an unusual helmet-shaped ending. The entrance is distinguished by a square narthex, and the building ends with a small apse.

Dubay Brest region

The chapel in Duboj found many historical events and miraculously survived. There is even evidence that the chapel was restored in 1920, after which it continued to be used as a church.

Chapel Kuzhenetsky

And if the family chapel Kuzhenetsky survived intact to this day, the fate of the classical palace is completely different. Most historians agree that in 1944, the manor house was blown up by German soldiers, and the ruins were already dismantled by the locals for materials for construction. You can estimate the scale of the complex by the engraving of a famous artist Napoleon Orda.

How the estate of Kuzhenetsky Duboe looked like
Engraving of Napoleon Orda, second half of the 19th century, from pinakoteka.zascianek.pl

In pre-war photographs of the first half of the 20th century, the whole palace of the Kuzhenetskys is still clearly visible (* on At that moment, the estate was owned by Maria Vydzhina, the official last owner).

Manor Kuzhenetsky Oak
old photo from the book Aftanazy Roman. “Dzieje rezydencji na dawnych kresach Rzeczypospolitej”

Walking through the complex of the former estate in Duboj, pay attention to the park, where quite a lot of rare trees have been preserved. One of the oldest - pedunculate oak, Bony Sforza, its age is about 450 years (!). By the way, the park is a natural monument of republican significance. It also has its own unique water system, which you will not find analogues anywhere in the world. Belarus. Despite the fact that the reservoirs have become very shallow, and the coastline is overgrown with shrubs and trees, the water system remains pronounced from a larger point of view.

Chapel tomb of the Kuzhenetskys in Duboj

To the left of the chapel there is a residential building, perhaps it was a house for workers or an administrator. Surprisingly, someone lives here today.

Abandoned house in Duboe village

Manor house in the village of Duboe

Old well in Duboe village

At the entrance to the estate there were pillars of the gate, which was built under the Kuzhenetskys.

Entrance gate in the village of Duboi

Duboe - an amazing place that has a huge tourism potential. I want to believe that they will be able to restore it. To get to the park, you need to drive off Brestskaya Street (road H218) onto Parkovaya Street and move to the gate.

In the center of the village you can also see the old church of 1811. If you are in these parts, I advise you to go at the same time and to Pinsk.

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