There is a building unique for Belarus — the Nonharts' fortified house — in this village. When you look at the house, you can immediately say that this building is primarily defensive. There are almost no decorative elements on it, but the walls of the fortified house are rather thick. Besides, narrow loopholes in the corner towers reflect the defensive nature of the building.
Now there is a psychiatric hospital in this building, therefore, you can just admire the exterior of the fortress house.
There is a wooden Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the village of Trakeli. This church is a monument of wooden architecture of the XIX century, which has been restored several times. Despite its modest exterior, the church attracts tourists, because it contains a unique icon of the Trakeli Mother of God.
Back in the XVI century, the icon was brought from Vilnius, it survived several fires and wasn't damaged. It is considered miraculous, which arouses a great interest among tourists.
A traveller can see two attractions in the village of Radun: the Church of the Mother of God of the Rosary and the building of the Radun Yeshiva.
The exterior of the Church of the Mother of God of the Rosary combines rubble stone from which the walls are made and plastered decorative elements. The building of the church belongs to the Art Nouveau style, although some of its elements resemble the Gothic style. The church was built in 1933 and operated even during the Soviet era.
Speaking of Radun, we cannot but mention the fact that once it was a Jewish town — the building of the Radun Yeshiva reminds us of it today. It was founded by the religious writer and scholar Chofetz Chaim, whose grave located at the local cemetery is a place of pilgrimage.
Today the building of the Radun Yeshiva serves as a cultural center, but it still reminds us of the Jewish community that existed here before the Second World War.
The village of Batselniki attracts tourists with the Puttkamers' mansion and the stone of Adam Mickiewicz. The mansion was built of red brick in the English Neo-Gothic style. There is a park near the mansion: some trees were brought here by the order of the landowner.
The name of Adam Mickiewicz is also associated with the village of Batselniki. The poet fell in love with Marylya Verashchako, who was engaged to Count Volzhinets Puttkamer. Despite this, the lovers met in a grove near the mansion where there was a stone which was later named the stone of Mickiewicz. There is a cross carved on the stone, and there is a legend that either Adam Mickiewicz or Marylya Verashchako carved it pining over unrequited love. Pairs of sweethearts still meet at this place. Visitors touch the stone and make a wish — the locals promise that it will come true!
There is a wooden Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross in the very center of the village of Zhyrmuny. This church belongs to classicism, it is also a great example of wooden architecture. The Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross has its current exterior since the end of the XVIII century. Previously, there were two other churches on this site, but they were destroyed. Some of the surviving ancient icons and sculptures were placed in the functional church. One such antiquities is the organ that still plays at services.
The building has a 200-year history and has been preserved almost in its original form, which is a rather long time for a wooden building.
There are plenty of magnificent mansions, churches, and other Belarusian significant attractions in the Varanouski District. Therefore, travelers should visit the district in order not to miss these unique buildings that have a long history!