Mir anticipating guests
Mir Castle again invites tourists for Christmas balls in January
Christmas balls were first organised at Mir Castle this January, notes the Director of Mir Castle Museum, Olga Popko. She adds, “We’re planning to hold costume balls on the evenings of the 3rd, 4th and 5th of January, with Mir Castle hosting a jazz-styled retro-salon on 4th January and a ball for children on the 5th January. Of course, attendance is limited, since the halls can only hold a certain number.”
Ms. Popko emphasises that Mir Castle is preparing to receive guests during the 2014 IIHF World Championship, saying, “We expect many foreign tourists to visit Mir Castle during the championship, so have set up 150 audio tour devices — already offered in Belarusian, Russian and English. Recordings are now being made in German, French, Polish and Lithuanian.”
As Ms. Popko proudly admits, the number of visitors to Mir Castle is rising annually, with 248,000 welcomed this year so far, against 213,000 in 2011 and 275,000 throughout 2012. Of course, some times of year are busier than others.
Mir Castle reopened after renovations in December 2010, featuring the family vault, an Italian Renaissance garden, an English park and a pond. Its unique architecture features elements of European Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque design and the estate became part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List in 2000. Musical concerts and knightly festivals, as well as arts and crafts events are hosted at the magnificent venue, which is a true national treasure.