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Tour "Belarus. Jews and Grodno"

Itinerary: Grodno
Duration: 2 days

Back in the 14th-13th centuries, persecuted by the Inquisition in Europe, the Jews found an asylum in the Great Principality of Lithuania. The Laws of Prince Witowt granted them the rights of free residents protected directly by the Great Prince. The 15th century was peculiar for a mass emigration of the Jews from German cities to Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus - these countries opened their borders for the Jews who suffered from oppression and violence in Western Europe.

There are a number of itineraries where foreign visitors can see the native places of the outstanding representatives of the Jewish people who were born in Belarus, to see the architectural monuments and national and cultural traditions of the Jews in Belarus.

Vitebsk, Pinsk, Grodno, Slonim, Minsk, Brest, Polotsk, Volozhin, Bobruysk as well as many other places could be most attractive for Jewish heritage tours.

Grodno is situated 300 km West of Minsk on the border with Poland. It was founded in the 11th cent. as a fortress on the banks of the Neman, today the city ranks number one among old Belarusian cities in its authentic planning and 12th-16th cent. churches, numerous 17th-18th cent. religious and public buildings.

In Grodno one can get acquainted with the history of an earliest Jewish community in Belarus (late 14th century). The community was the most influential community in Belarus. It was one of the religious centres of Belarusian, Lithuanian and Polish Jewish community. The cultural heritages of Jewish community in Grodno are the medieval Jewish ghetto, The Jewish quarter of Grodno synagogues, hospitals, a women pedagogical course. The women pedagogical course was a unique course in Russia for training teachers for Jewish schools. In 1893-1897 lived in Grodno L.M. Zamenhofh. He was an ophthalmologist and was editor of the magazine ‘Esperanto”. You can visit the house where L.M. Zamenhofh has lived. There lived and died Layba Naydus. He was a translator and a poet. Grodno is the fatherland for Lev Bakst (1866), he was a foremost scene-painter of “Russian seasons” of Dyagelev in Paris. In Grodno was born Ilya Ginzburtg too. He was an academician, a well-known sculptor, the author of the portraits of Russian men of science and cultural workers.


Day 1

Arrival in Grodno
Transfer to the hotel with guide assistance
Check-in at the hotel in the centre of the city
Time at leisure

Day 2


Sightseeing tour of Grodno
The Jewish quarter of Grodno
Visit to the medieval Jewish ghetto
Visit to synagogues
Visit to Jewish cemetery

Cost according to demands.

The cost included: entrance visa, full board and lodging, a guide, transfer, passage service, bus and excursion service, entrance tickets to the museums

The company leaves the right to make some alterations in the program without decreasing whole volume and quality of services.

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