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Bulgak Palace

Mogilev region, zhilichi

The palace in mogilev’s zhilichi was built by landlord and prosperous businessman ignati bulgak, who wanted his residence to be the most beautiful in the whole country.

The construction of the palace started in 1825 and had not been completed until the early 20th century.

Bulgak owned a starch factory, a brewery and would sell sugar produced by his own sugar mills all over europe. Considering his wealth, the man opted not to economize on the palace construction project.

Designed by podchashinskis, a well-known lithuanian architect, the palace amazes people by its proportions. There is a church built in into one of the wings of the palace, and a tropical greenhouse in the other wing. In the summer time, they would move the palm trees and cypress into the park that boated innumerable bridges and water ponds.

The classical 19th century palace is well-structured. The entrance hall very much resembles the inside of a church – a cross dome resting on four pillars. The interior of the rooms and halls sports numerous decorations, including mahogany and mouldings.

The owner of the palace had a taste for music, and for this reason all rooms and halls of the palace have good acoustics. There used to be a secret level in the palace for the musicians to quietly sneak to the balconies and play music for the audience or the dancing people below.

Ignati bulgak, however, had died before he could fully enjoy the beauties of his creation. The man died soon after the construction of the palace was finished.

Then it was ignati’s son edgar’s turn to spend summer vacations at the farmstead. Every time he visited the place, they would raise a flag on one of the towers. The palace regularly hosted balls, both for the noble people and the peasants. In the second case, the musicians would appear on the outside balcony and play music for landlords and villagers.

Unlike many other architectural monuments on the land of belarus, the bulgak palace has been lucky to remain intact all through the wars of the 20th century. Not a single bomb would fall on or near the building, and the wartime fires passed it by.

During wwii the germans converted the palace into a military hospital, while the nearby park was used a cemetery for the deceased soldiers.

At the moment, the palace-and-park ensemble is under restoration.

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