Pishchalauski Castle

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Pishchalauski Castle
Пищаловский замок
Piszczalauski castle (Miensk, Bielarus) bXX 01.jpg
Alternative names Pischalauski Castle
Piszczalauski castle
General information
Location Valadarskaha Street
Minsk, Belarus
Coordinates 53°53′56″N 27°32′52″E / 53.89889°N 27.54778°E / 53.89889; 27.54778Coordinates: 53°53′56″N 27°32′52″E / 53.89889°N 27.54778°E / 53.89889; 27.54778
Completed 1825
Design and construction
Architect Pishchala

Pishchalauski Castle (Belarusian: Пішчалаўскі замак), also spelled Pischalauski Castle, is a castle in Minsk, Belarus. The castle is also sometimes called the Belarusian Bastille.[1] It is a registered state architectural monument.[2]

The castle was built in 1825. It formerly served as a prison. The architect was named Pishchala.[2] The castle was the site of the imprisonment of Belarusian writer Yakub Kolas from 1908 to 1911.[1]

In 2008 the castle was in use as a pre-trial detention center:

Pishchalauski Сastle in Valadarski Street in Minsk, where a pre-trial detention center is situated, is crumbling. One of these days a part of the building where among other offenders political prisoners are kept, has collapsed.[3]

A portion of one the castle's four towers collapsed in April 2008.[1]

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