In Belarus you can see not only countless architectural attractions, but also natural monuments. One of these objects is “Filaret Stone“, it is located within the boundaries of the village Karchova, which is in the Baranovichi district, Brest region. The boulder is interesting both for its history, sometimes mystical and covered in legends, and for its appearance.

Unusual natural monuments in Belarus

The stone itself is gray-pink granite, measuring approximately 4,1 * 3,0 * 1,9 meters. It is assumed that the Dnieper glacier brought it to our lands from the territory of modern Finland about 20 thousand years ago.

Remember the birth of Belarus

The Philaret Stone received the status of a geological natural monument in 1971. By the way, this boulder is often simply called “Valik stone”.

Shylda remembers the origins of Belarus

And what about the name “Stone of Filarets”? It is believed that at the end of May 1820, active members of the Philaret society arrived at the Vereshchakov estate in Tuganovichi, who apparently decided to create a subsidiary organization, but more secret, of those same Philarets. The chairman was Tomasz Zahn, and the list of active participants includes the names: Jan Cechota, Ignacy Domeyko, Antoni Odynets and of course Adam Mickiewicz. Interestingly, they were all born on the territory of Belarus. It was probably dangerous to gather in the manor house, which is why the Philamats chose a massive boulder, located a kilometer from Tuganovichsky Park, as their secret place.

Filaret's stone

Adam Mickiewicz mentions and even describes this boulder in his legendary poem “Dziady”.

Stone filaretau old photo
zdymak Teafil Eugeniyush Baretsi, 1894

Almost certainly, the idea and name of the future Filaret Society originated in this very place. But who gave the name to the stone - society members, local residents, historians and researchers - is unknown.

Stone of filarets in Karchovo

Below is a point with a landmark on the map where the stone is located:

If you are in these parts, I also recommend going to Voroncha, where you can see Church of St. Anne. Another interesting direction is Polonechka, where they are restoring an ancient the estate of the Radziwills.


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