Karlin (Pinsk)

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19th-century view of the destroyed castle; sketch by Napoleon Orda

Karlin (formerly Karolin) is the name of a suburb of the city of Pinsk, Belarus. It was originally founded as an independent town in 1690 and was named after the village's founder, Jan Karol Dolski. By 1695 Dolski had built a church (currently a concert hall) and a fortified manor on the spot. He also allowed Jews to settle in the area.

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Subsequently, the mighty Wiśniowiecki family took control of the village and extended the castle. In 1706, however, the village was captured by the Swedish forces and burnt. Following the destruction of Pinsk many locals moved to the partially restored village, which with time became a notable suburb. In 1786 a new church of the Bernardines was built there (currently an orthodox church devoted to St. Barbara). In the second partition of Poland in 1793, Karlin was part of the region ceded to Russia. In 1799 the Russian authorities incorporated Karolin into Pinsk.

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