Sightseeing in European, Israeli cities, pictures, information, photo tours, attractions in Europa and Israel. Tips and tools for travelling in blog.

Berlin is very bright, stylish and modern city, overly inexpensive, versatile. Provocative graffiti full of life – this is the main feature of the city at first sight. It makes no sense to talk about the historical and cultural attractions, there are really not as expressive as compared to other European capitals. In Berlin, you need to look for something special and everyone will find it.

See photos of Berlin in this travel photo gallery from Verde Wanderer. Pictures taken at 16 of December, 2015.


The old cemetery in Lida city. There is Chapel of St. Barbara,  date of construction of chapel is 1930.  The cemetery is located not so far from Lida Castle. This is the old part of the city that has not survived to the present time except the contours of streets .

A pictures and panorams photo of Lida old cemetery photo gallery added 04 March, 2012 and 27 September, 2012, 06 October, 2013.

Riga is the pearl of the Baltic States. The city is located at the mouth of the Daugava, on the shores of the Gulf of Riga on the Baltic. The city has an ancient history and rich cultural heritage, because Riga has always been a crossroads of trade, multicultural city. There is something to see: weekend in Riga is a great way to get new impressions and relax.

Everyone can enjoy a variety of Riga’s architecture, especially Art Nouveau buildings. Anyway, have say, Riga is included to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a city with one of the largest collections of Art Nouveau buildings in the world and as a city, which is reflected in the architecture of the city’s history from 1201 to the present day. There’s also valued the unique wooden buildings in the central part of Riga, which I could not photograph.

Riga (especially in summer) organizes numerous music festivals: the ancient music of the opera, jazz and rock. Here you can visit many interesting museum exhibitions and contemporary art galleries.

Riga walking tour map

A pictures and panoramas of Riga photo gallery shoted August, 23, 2014.


Information: little about Lida castle history
There are passing mentions of Lida in chronicles from 1180. Until the early 14th century the settlement at Lida was a wooden fortress in the Lithuania proper. In 1323, the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas built a brick fortress there, it was a real defensive castle in Europe. 1380 is generally considered the founding year of the city of Lida. The fortress withstood Crusader attacks from Prussia in 1392 and 1394 but it was burned to the ground in 1710. Following the death of Gediminas, when Lithuania was divided into principalities, Lida became the capital of one of them, the seat of Algirdas.

Lida was in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In the second half of the 14th century, after the Christianization of Lithuania the Catholic parish was established in former pagan lands and a Church was built by Jogaila (ruins are still preserved). Subsequently in 15th century town became a centre of production by craftsmen and trade. Lida was connected with Vilnius, Navahrudak and Minsk. At that time the town had a market square and four streets Wielenska, Zamkowa, Kamieńska and Krivaya. In 1588 Lida became the seat of Lida District in Vilnius Voivodeship. Magdeburg Rights were granted to the town in 1590 and confirmed in 1776 by the Polish Sejm. By these rights Lida held two annual fairs of little import to the local economy. The population was between 2000 to 5000 people.

The 17th century was a difficult time in Lida. Caught by invading to Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces of Russia and Sweden. A depression resulted, and people moved out of Lida. By 1786, 514 inhabitants were left in Lida. in 1795, Lida was annexed by the Russian Empire as a powiat centre of the Slonim Governorate (1795). Afterwards, Lida was a part of the Lithuania Governorate in 1797 and of Grodno Governorate since 1801.

The town was greatly destroyed during the French occupation in 1812. In 1817 the population was 1366 people. Since 1842 Lida was the “district” centre in Vilna Governorate. In 1863 and 1873, two beer factories were built in Lida. In 1884, the railway Vilnius-Lunenets was finished. In 1907, the railway Molodechno-Mosty opened. The 1897 population was 8626 people.

A two-year school opened. Then, a parish school with the department for girls opened as did a Jewish school. In 1899 a hospital opened which consisted of 25 beds. In 1901 cast-iron plant began to operate. In 1903 sawmill started its operation. At the end of 19th century and at the beginning of 20 century two brick plants were built. In 1904, there were 1000 houses of which 275 were brick, fourteen small enterprises, four hospitals with beds for 115 people, and six elementary schools for 700 pupils. In 1904, near Minsk the Russian Social Democratic Party was formed. During the revolutions of 1905-07, the uprisings of the workers took place, complete with political slogans. In 1914, there were almost 40 factories.

There is a mystical legend of the pine trees at Lida Castle. One day, nine Franciscan monks came to the castle to preach Christianity. But local residents rejected the new religion, they killed the missionaries and the bodies thrown into a pit near the castle. In the place grew slender pine. By the time the townspeople have become Catholics. No one was cutting pine. But one day a plowman cut off a branch, and blood flowed from the branches. Since then, no one has dared to raise the ax to the trees.

Today Belarusian castle in Lida town ( Лідскі замак – in belarusian, Лидский замок – in russian ) is one of successfully surviving castles of Belarus.

Lida Castle map and Location

Get help with directions to Lida Castle, Lida, Hrodna Province, Belarus, using this map provided bellow.

Pictures taken in 28 of June, 2009. Lida Castle photos before the global restoration.
Pictures taken in 12 of April, 2012 and 12 of January, 2013; 11 of July, 2015. Lida Castle panorama after the global restoration.

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With the kind support of Karkossa ice cream parlor, Helmbrecht menswear and the Hirsch Pharmacy.

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See photos of Goslar in this travel photo gallery from Verde Wanderer. Pictures taken at 16 of December, 2013.