- Posted March 11, 2007 by Dzmitry Samakhvalau in Belarus. Viewed 4837 times
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Kapyl is a small Belarusian town 120 km to the south from Minsk. It was mentioned in the medieval chronicles in 1274 and the most glorious period of its history was in 1506, when local warriors leading by their princess Anastasia defeated a large Crimean Tartar Army. The Tartar prisoners were settled near the town and thus formed a large Muslim (or Mahometan, as they call it themselves) community. Some of Mahometans still live in suburbs. They speak the Belarusian language and use it even during their religious service (instead of Arabian). By the Second World War there were many Jews in Kapyl, but their community was destroyed by Nazis. The survivors immigrated in 1970s to Israel.
Local attractions are four lakes, two Christian temples (Roman Catholic and Orthodox) and a regional museum with a good collection of silver coins. There is a special sport base for seasonal rest here. That’s why in summer you would meet here many Belarusian sportsmen.
As for me, I like Kapyl for its hilly landscapes. My dad and mom came from here.
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