Novodevyatkovichi is a large agricultural town 30 kilometers from Slonim with a rich and interesting history. In the annals, the place (then simply Devyatkovichi *) has been known since the end of the 16th century as the possession of the family Meleshko. After them, Slugs became the owners of the estate, who owned these lands for about 260 years. Of course, a noble and wealthy family built their family estate in Devyatkovichi, or rather, a real palace. Unfortunately, the building has not survived to this day, only fragments and general planning solutions of the park have survived. Palace of Slugs in Novodevyatkovichi located at the end of Jubilee Street, leading from the Church of Saints Peter and Paul.

Novodevyatkovichi estate Slugs
Actual view of the place where the estate was located - just not far from the military monument

In an old painting by Napoleon Orda from 1862, you can see the scope of the palace.

What the Slug Palace in Devyatkovichi looked like
Central entrance and alley, main entrance

Where was the estate of Slugs in Novodevyatkovichi?

A later drawing of the Horde has also been preserved, which depicts the park side of the palace.

Syadzibna-parks complex Sliznya near Novadzevyatkavichi

The construction of an unusual palace, the architecture of which is more reminiscent of the English houses of nobles, was carried out by Alfred Slug in the middle of the 19th century. The estate was located with the letter "P". The palace complex consisted of a large three-story building with elements of neo-Gothic style, a high rectangular tower with a flagpole and a single-level greenhouse with an officina.

What remains of the Slugs' estate in Novodevyatkovichi
The only surviving part of the palace is a one-story office (rebuilt)

In the photo below you can see what the most modest part of the Slug Palace looked like, that very official.

Novodevyatkovichi oficina Slugs
Afіtsyna yes 1939, krynіtsa: Aftanazy R. Dzieje rezydencji na dawnych kresach Rzeczypospolitej

In front of the entrance to the courtyard there was a carriage house and a stable, as well as 2 outbuildings. In the rebuilt form, these buildings have been preserved.

Slug Stable in Novodevyatkovichi
former stable
The building of the former coach house in Novodevyatkovichi
carriage building

The palace in Novodevyatkovichi stood until 1944, after which it was destroyed, and the ruins of the massive structure were dismantled for building materials for a long time.

Where was the estate of Slugs in Novodevyatkovichi?
krynitsa: hour of the Slonimsk region. No. 10 (44), zdymak crushed yes 1939

It is interesting that the elder daughters of Alfred Slizny in 1880 decided to build a real hippodrome in Novodevyatkovichi. It was located where the stadium is now.

Slug Hippodrome in Novodevyatkovichi

The last owner of the estate was Algerd of the Slugs, he had many challenges and difficulties. After the advent of Soviet power in 1939, Slugs will leave these lands forever, leaving most of their wealth to be plundered. So the unique library, which was collected over several centuries, will disappear almost without a trace.

Lost Legacy - Slug Palace

Arriving in Novodevyatkovichi, you will not find any mention that a palace once stood here, below is a point with the place where it was located:

In the old part of Devyatkovichi, you can see an old cemetery with the ruins of 2 tombs - Kollupailo and Slugs. If you are in these parts, I recommend going to Busyazh, where Assumption Church 1779 year.


  1. The information is presented very briefly, but this corresponds to the title.

    Let me point out the inaccuracies stated above:

    1. That’s right - the first owners of the estate in Devyatkovichi were Meleshki. But the first mention of this dates back much earlier than indicated above - the end of the 16th century. It is known that the stone church in St. Devyatkovichi was built by the Meleshki in 1538. In 1569, the division between the Meleshko brothers - Vasily and Fedor - was documented. Prikotor, the elder brother remained the owner of the old Court, and the younger brother undertook to build a new estate. This is how a new location appeared three kilometers away - New Yard. Over time, the Old Dvor and the New Dvor began to be called the New and Stary Devyatkovichs. The last owner of the Devyatkovich Novykhs was the young Teodora Meleshko, who married Alexander Kazimir Slizny in 1648 and from that moment the new family became the owners of part of the Meleshkov estate, later the rest would be bought out . In short, then: Devyatkovichi New - since 1569, Slugs in Devyatkovichi - since 1648.
    2. The first photo is not “an old painting of Napaleon Horde”. This engraving was published on August 02.08.1862, 19. in L`illustration (Paris weekly). Its creators were three famous masters of that time, with whose names the engraving is signed. By the way, I have the original sheet with the image of this engraving from a 2008th century weekly). In addition to this French engraving and drawing by N. Orda, the Palace of Slugs was depicted in his watercolor drawing by Mieczysław Jalowiecki. The drawing with his entire collection is in the library of the Hoover Institution (USA). They were supplemented by Kondrat Chrnotsky’s monograph “about Meleshki” / XNUMX /, which shows photographs and drawings of the author, but which were previously published in the works of Roman Aftanazi.
    3. “...there was a carriage house and a stable, as well as two outbuildings.” The carriage house and the stable are those two outbuildings.

    This is about inaccuracies. And a lot of interesting information has been collected about the estate and its owners. Shrines of the castel were found, the son of the last owner of the estate recently visited, who exactly 85 years later visited the place of his birth... and much more.


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