Belarusian Venice

I think no one needs to be convinced that travelling around Belarus is very exciting, because there are many ancient castles and churches, and beautiful natural landscapes.
Nowadays, this city is associated for many not only with condensed milk, but also with cherries. Glubokoye is the cherry capital of Belarus, where a festival dedicated to this berry is held every year. We have written a lot about this cherry festival, so we will not focus on it. There are enough attractions here even without cherries. We invite you to take a virtual tour of Glubokoye. Believe us, you won't regret it.  

Holidays with bright notes


For many years, the employees of the Checheli recreation facility, a branch of the Glubokoye Milk Canning Plant JSC, have been hospitably welcoming everyone who appreciates nature, the environment, healthy food, and most importantly, peace of mind.


Tourists are accommodated in luxury suites and semilux rooms, as well as single and double rooms. Excellent conditions have been created here to enjoy your vacation in a picturesque natural place. Just imagine: a pine forest, a lake, which means you can go fishing, a sauna, billiards and much more. A children's area with slides, swings and a sandbox is provided for kids.


The head of the Checheli branch, Lyudmila Cheban, will tell you the legend of Chechuk and Chechales with special joy, awe and enthusiasm. And also, about how Vishnyovik settled in their house.

“A few years ago, another symbol appeared at the cherry festival - Vishnyovik,” Lyudmila Cheban explains. - This is not just a fairy-tale hero who amuses the audience. Vishnyovik gives lucky cherries to those who participate in a charity event. The money raised is steered into the treatment of children.  

It is worth noting that in "Checheli" you will find not only rest, but also a delicious journey. You will literally immerse yourself in a gastronomic world full of culinary delights. Lyudmila Cheban noted in a conversation that the chefs have mastered more than a dozen ancient dishes of national cuisine, there is an opportunity to try the “Szlachta cuisine”, and here you can also taste the ancient Belarusian drink “Oatmeal Kissel”, which has already become a favourite among the guests.

Szlachta games and fun, tea parties in observance of traditions are arranged for you at the recreation facility. We arrived on Maslenitsa week. Both adults and children know about this holiday. We had the opportunity to bake pancakes over a campfire. Of course, with a tasting of the world-famous Glubokoye condensed milk - with cherries, chocolate, coconut, peanuts... It was very delicious! And the whole point, by the way, as it has turned out, is in the milk with which the dough was prepared - it is condensed. 

Baikal with a Belarusian charm

Glubokoye district can rightly be called the Belarusian Venice: there are as many as 106 lakes in the district, and the regional center itself is located on five lakes - Beglets, Kagalnoye, Velikoye, Mushkat and Podlaznoye.

Lake Sho is the largest in Glubokoye district. Surface area is 7.65 sq. km, the shore length is about 12.5 km, but the maximum depth is a little more than 3 m. It is noteworthy that it is in the Glubokoye district that the deepest lake in Belarus is located, although it is called Dolgoye. According to Yury Kmita, people call this reservoir the Belarusian Baikal because of its high water transparency. Its depth is more than 53 m. Unique species of fauna live here, including Osmerus eperlanus - a subspecies of lake smelt (locals call it stynka), Limnocalanus macrurus and Pallaseopsis quadrispinosa, and eel. 


“Dolgoye is a real around-the-year paradise for fishermen,” Yury Kmita continues. - The reservoir belongs to the heritage sites of the glacial period and is part of the Dolgoe hydrological reserve, through the territory of which all kinds of nature trails and tourist routes pass. There is all the necessary infrastructure for outdoor activities, for example, camping. Lake Dolgoye is a good choice for diving. 

Speaking of flora and fauna, the "Golubov Sad" urochishche should not be left unmentioned. The picturesque park, preserved from the estate ensemble of the 18th century, is beautiful both in summer and winter: centuries-old trees, an abundance of birds and rare plants listed in the Red Book of Belarus.

The area of the Golubov Sad is 1.5 hectares. And the urochishche got its name in honour of Konstantin Golub, who owned this territory in the 1920s. Yury Kmita also said that there used to be a park here, from which centuries-old oaks, as well as various exotic trees, such as Far Eastern linden, wych elm, are still preserved.

Konstantin Golub planted an orchard that is still bearing fruit. Our eyes were taken by a wych elm or mountain elm (Yury Kmita gave us a hint with regards to the tree species), or rather, a huge hollow in it, where several people can easily fit. Our guide also said that you can meet red-listed plants and animals in the urochishche territory: a giant puffball, wood anemone, Primula elatior, as well as a kingfisher, and a goosander (Mergus merganser). 

Half a thousand shades of green

Another natural attraction of the Glubokoye District is the Dendrological Garden, which is located approximately two kilometers from the district center. In terms of size and species diversity, it is, by the way, the second arboretum in Belarus after the Central Botanical Garden in Minsk. More than a thousand specimens of trees and shrubs of 504 species from 5 continents grow on an area of 8.2 hectares. 

The garden was founded by reforestation forester Viktor Lomako in the early 1960s. His main goal is to study the growth and development of technically valuable and decorative hardy-shrub species in the climatic conditions of the northern region of the country, as well as to obtain seeds. The key species in the dendrological garden is the evergreen rhododendron. According to Elena Dailidyonok, the forewoman of the Glubokoye forestry, Viktor Lomako managed to grow this plant far from the first time.

The garden is divided into sections by main alleys. Walking through the territory, you get the impression that you are traveling around the globe. Bushes and trees, typical of America, Europe and Asia, surround you everywhere. Red oak, horse chestnut, 18 maple species and the same number of birch, spruce, and arborvitae species... 

Artificial reservoirs enliven the landscape in a unique manner. A small alpine rock garden is of particular importance for the arboretum, which was created down to the last detail by Viktor Lomako in retirement. He studied literature, communicated with colleagues abroad. As Elena Dailidyonok noted, he can be called the founder of alpine rock gardens in Belarus.


You can talk a lot about the flora from the dendrological garden, because each plant is unique. In other words, if you like to be alone with nature, you are attracted by beautiful landscapes, then you should visit the Dendrological Garden in the Glubokoye district, which welcomes visitors all year round and altruistically shows them its treasures.

Secrets of the Temple Crypt

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin with a 380-year history is an architectural monument. As Yury Kolbasich, the teacher of the Glubokoye Ja. Drozdovich Children's Art School, local historian, said, the stone temple was built in 1639-1654 at the expense of Jozeph Korsak, the governor of Mstsislaw Voivodeship. Originally, it was the church of a Catholic friary, which belonged to the Order of Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. Large, majestic, built in the Vilna Baroque style. 

A real Belarusian miracle is hidden behind a modern metal door, which can only be seen in Glubokoye. According to Yury Kolbasich, none of the foreign tourists said that they had seen something like this anywhere. The miracle is the original oak gates of the Carmelite church. What is depicted on them is a riddle for future generations. According to one version, these are basilisks – mythical creatures that could kill a person with a glance and poison him with their poisonous breath. According to another version, this is amphisbaena, which obviously has protective functions.

“This oak door also served as protection from enemies,” our guide explains. - It was possible to hide in the temple in case of an attack, and to close the grooves with the help of an oak log, and this door was almost impossible to open.   

It must be said that the iconostasis, which was painted by the famous artist Ivan Trutnev with his students, is no less legendary in the temple. When visiting the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, be sure to pay attention to the wonderworking icon “It is Truly Meet” (Axion estin). The local historian said that this is a copy of the icon, which is stored in the katholikon (main church) of Karyes on Mount Athos. Inside the icon there are particles of the holy relics of the saints of God and pieces of cotton wool consecrated on the Holy Sepulcher, and the icon itself is sprinkled with holy water from the Jordan River.

The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin is one of the largest Orthodox churches in Belarus. The height from the ground to the tops of the crosses on the main towers is 42.5 meters.

Tourists have a unique opportunity to visit the graves of those who prayed in the temple from 1642 to 1867 and rewind the tape as if in a “time machine”. It was the monks of the monastery of the Catholic Order of Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel who received the right to stay here and be at rest from toil. The entire space under the temple is a burial place, mainly in the earthen floor. In order to feel the atmosphere of the time when electricity had not been invented yet, we went downstairs with a candle. 

Locals believe in the legend that the space under the temple does not end with visible walls and somewhere behind the stairs there is an underground passage that allows you to go to the neighbouring town of Berezvechye at a distance of 3 kilometers. No one, of course, has checked this, which is why the legend still exists. 

In the central part of the crypt, side rooms of the same size are clearly visible. There is no exact information for whom they were intended. It is known that the local gentry used these tombs. So, a rich man, investing in the construction of a temple, received a tomb as a token of appreciation. 

Thanks to the volunteers who cleared a logjam, removed the garbage, it became possible to see these dungeons, which, as Yury Kolbasich noted, are the largest temple crypts in Belarus.

It is neither warm nor cold here, moderately damp, according to our guide, the temperature never drops below plus 10 degrees. 

Since we have already gone down, we need to go to the top - under the domes of the temple. I can’t say that getting 24 meters closer to the sky was easy, but we did it. The result was worth it: we had a stunning bird's-eye view of the city. 

As you can see, Glubokoye can be not only deep, but also high!     

The very heart of Europe

In the Glubokoye district, according to the specialists of Belkosmosaerogeodeziya, the geographical center of Europe is located near Lake Sho, as evidenced by a corresponding sign in the form of a pyramid, located in the Ives village.

We have let you know beforehand that the unusual Glubokoye region is worthy of special attention of travellers. Here, representatives of about 40 countries participating in the Magnificat International Festival planted a kind of a park.  


As Yury Kmita, director of Golubov Sad State Nature Protection Institution, noted, constant confusion and disputes over the location of the center of Europe arise due to the conventionality of Europe's borders.

To put it in a nutshell, this beautiful, quiet and peaceful place is worth visiting.  

The project has been prepared by Ekaterina Lyakhovskaya.
Photo by Dmitry Osipov.
Video by Alexandra Khodyukova.
Web-desing by Chimkovsky Peter.

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