Svisloch is one of the small towns in the Grodno region, located near the border with Poland. The history of this place is rich and eventful, dating back to the middle of the 13th century, and what is important is that interesting sights have been preserved here. The center of Svisloch, as is often the case in today's cities of Belarus, is a wide square.

Obelisk of Tyszkiewicz in the city of Svisloch

Historically, there was a market here, a kind of center of attraction and an important artery of the city.

Fair in Svisloch old photo
davaenny zdymak, krynitsa: Swislatska kryznauchy museum

In the center of the square rises the restored Obelisk of Count Tyshkevich, in the background you can see the Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

What kind of stele is in the city of Svisloch?

Around the square, ordinary buildings from the late 19th – first half of the 20th century have partially been preserved. Soviet architecture is adjacent to the old buildings - the House of Culture, the executive committee, the library.

Svisloch city center

Of course, the old houses have undergone changes, but in some places they have retained their original appearance. The murals on the walls also look nice, referring us to various sights and events. Here for example Catholic church in Grinevichi.

Svisloch city, Grodno region

The neighboring mural depicts one of the gates that stood in Svisloch. There were 4 of them in total, located on the main roads and streets leading out of the city.

Where was the gate in Svisloch?

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find information about when they were destroyed and under what circumstances. It is quite possible that the story here is not unique - they were partially destroyed during the war, and later dismantled during the construction of roads.

Svislach gate
1915, krynitsa: Svіslack Regional History Museum

Something similar happened to gate in Molodechno. There is also Jewish heritage in Svisloch, represented by the synagogue building of the late 19th century.

Where was the synagogue in Svisloch

In the post-war years, the building was used for the needs of the Zvezda cinema, and a few years ago it was transferred to a center for working with children and youth.

Former synagogue in Svisloch

Former synagogue in Svisloch, Grodno region

The ancient Catholic church in Svisloch has not survived; to replace it, but in a different place, it was built - Church of St. Francis of Asiz.

Church in the town of Svisloch

Perhaps the main attraction of Svisloch is part 19th century gymnasium with a luxurious portico. The educational institution was opened with the money of Count Vincent Tyshkevich, who did a lot for his native place.

Ancient gymnasium in Svisloch

The Tyshkevichs also had their own family estate in Svisloch, although the wooden house has not survived. Only the foundation survived, on which there were thoughts of rebuilding the museum.

City park in the city of Svisloch

Much in Svisloch is connected with the name of Kastus Kalinovsky, there is a bust and a street, even the local school used to be named after him.

School in the city of Svisloch

Svislach monument

On the street of the same name hangs a memorial plaque with Kalinovsky’s profile.

Wall bas-relief in Svisloch

Right next door there is a stone with a memorial date in honor of the 750th anniversary of the founding of the city.

Stone in honor of the founding of the city of Svisloch

Another unique feature of the city is the presence of an alley of monuments, where pedestals are installed for a variety of historical figures.

Svisloch alley of monuments

Here, for example, a bust of Stalin has been preserved (possibly the only one in Belarus).

Monument to Stalin in Svisloch

Until 2008, there was also a bust of Kalinovsky.

Monument to Kalinovsky

Lenin monument.

Monument to Lenin in Svisloch

In 1928, a monument to Romuald Traugutt, by the way, a graduate of that same Svisloch gymnasium, appeared on this alley.

Svislach monument to Traugutt Romuald

There is another memorial on the outskirts of the city that will be interesting to see - monument “Asilak”. This is a whole complex opened in the late 80s, in honor of the 45th anniversary of the liberation of the city from German occupation.

Pomnik Asilak

Below is a point with the location of Svisloch on the map:

Not far from the city you can visit Verdomici, where there was a curious estate Tollochko, and also preserved family name. If time allows, then it makes sense to go to Porozovo, where there is a unique wooden Manor of Butovt-Andreykovichi.


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