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Narovlya Palace description and photos - Belarus: Gomel Region. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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The Narovlya Palace is an architectural monument of the 19th century classicism style. Everything that survived from the palace and park ensemble is the ruins of a palace built on the high bank of the Pripyat River.
The estate in Narovlya belonged to the wealthy noble nobles Horvats, to whom it was inherited from the landowners Von Golstov in 1816. In 1830, the estate went to one of the four offspring of the Horvatt family - Daniel. He proceeded to the construction and improvement of the estate according to his own taste and on a grand scale. In addition to the palace, Daniel Horvatt built a chapel, a greenhouse, a fountain, a rose garden, a stable, outbuildings and an entrance gate.
The magnificent two-story palace was famous for its luxury and sophisticated beauty. Endless suites of ceremonial halls, cozy rooms, library with the richest collection of rare books, paintings, musical instruments. One room had a ceiling shaped like a gilded star. The Pripyat River was visible from some of the windows. The most sophisticated society gathered here: educated gentlemen and noble ladies waltz at balls on mirrored parquet, played music, sitting at the piano, and men smoked cigars and had leisurely conversations in the study or in the reading room of the library.
After the revolution, a luxurious palace was nationalized, all of its decoration was plundered, and the premises were transferred to a secondary school. During the Great Patriotic War, the palace was badly damaged, since fierce battles were fought on the territory of the former estate. After the war, the building was repaired and given over to an orphanage.
After the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Narovlya ended up in the contaminated zone of voluntary resettlement. Now the radiation background in the city is the same as in Moscow and Minsk, but the city is dead and the beautiful Horvatt palace continues to collapse. You can still see these majestic ruins, but if the restorers do not take up the palace, nature will finish what revolutions and wars could not do - it will finally destroy the Narovlya Palace.
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