City High in the Brest region could easily compete in tourism potential with Kossovo or Nesvizh. You will be surprised, but here at one time there was also a real castle, erected in the second half of the 17th century during Sapieha. Unfortunately, today from the former defensive structure only ruins of gates and earthen fortifications.

The ruins of the gate and the castle of Sapieha in the city of Vysokoe

The ruins of the gate and the Sapieha castle in Vysoky

High in 1647 bought Pavel Jan Sapieha. Under him, the formation of the future fortress began, and already the construction was continued by his son. The castle was originally built as a defensive point, surrounded by a river and able to withstand a siege. However, many buildings of the fortress were made of wood, with the exception of the entrance gate. After a strong fire in 1748, which destroyed part of the castle, the Sapiehas moved their family residence to Slonim.

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So the gate-fortress looked like in 1876, drawing by Napoleon Orda

High, Brest region

After this event, Vysokovsky Castle not abandoned, but even partially restored and updated. On the image Napoleon Orda, it is clearly seen that at the end of the 19th century, the gate is completely intact. It is this building that will later be considered the castle in Vysokoe (which is not entirely true, the castle itself was on the site of the stadium).

High Belarus

The gate was originally two-story, about 20 at 13 meters, with three gates and a lifting mechanism for the bridge. Round towers and guardrooms stood on the sides of the gate.

Attractions in Vysokoe

In 1816, a Potocki Palace, which in the future will take over the dominant position in the development of the city and the park.

Gate in the city of Vysokoe

The 20th century did not bode well for the former castle of Sapieha. Brama was actively destroyed and by the end of the 90s it already looked like small ruins, in which it is difficult to recognize the building from the Horde drawing.

Sapieha Castle at the beginning of the 20th century
It looked like a gate at the beginning of the 20th century, the back side. Photo source: author: Yuriy Vlasyuk

Ruins of Sapieha Castle in Vysoky

In the summer of 2014, the preservation of the ruins took place - this should help to preserve the ancient architectural monument until better times.

The ruins of Zapeg Castle in Vysokie

Finding the place where the castle stood is not difficult. Brama is located in the central part of the park, all paths and paths lead here.

You can also visit Vysoky Trinity Church and former Bonifrat Monastery, these buildings belong to the second half of the 18th century. See also others castles of Belarus.

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