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Pishchalauski Castle

Pishchalauski Castle (Belarusian: Пішчалаўскі замак), also spelled Pischalauski Castle, is a castle in Minsk, Belarus. The castle is also sometimes called the Belarusian Bastille. It is a registered state architectural monument. The castle was built in 1825. It formerly served as a prison. The architect was named Pishchala. The castle was the site of the imprisonment of Belarusian writer Yakub Kolas from 1908 to 1911. In 2008 the castle was in use as a pre-trial detention center: Pishchalauski Сastle in Valadarski Street in Minsk, where a pre-trial detention center is situated, is crumbling. One of these days a part of the building where among other offenders political prisoners are kept, has collapsed. A portion of one the castle's four towers collapsed in April 2008.