Ruchitsa: summer residence of Belarusian composer Ogiński

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Ruchitsa: summer residence of Belarusian composer Ogiński

The summer residence of the famous Belarusian composer Mikhail Kleofas Oginski was located in the village Ruchitsa, the Vilejka district, where once the manor of the Oginski family Ganuta was also located.

Tadeusz Oginski was not an ordinary man. He was just twenty-one when he got involved in politics as a deputy to the two-week Sejm in Warsaw and already in his 30’s, he became a senator and castellan of Trakai. 

In those days Tadeusz Oginski had a lot of estates, but the manor Ganuta was his favorite one.

In 1755, he decided to build his summer residence right at that place and for this purpose he invited the famous Italian architect Abraham Gena, who, in his turn, was friends with the professor of Vilnius University, the famous astronomer Tomash Zhabrovskij.

Gena and Zhabrovskij drafted a design of the manor Ganuta - a wonderful palace in the late Baroque style with elements of Rococo. But, unfortunately, it was not preserved.

Деревня Ручица, Вилейский район, Минская область

This chapel is probably the only element left from that manor.

Деревня Ручица, Вилейский район, Минская область

Деревня Ручица, Вилейский район, Минская область

Деревня Ручица, Вилейский район, Минская область

Tadeusz Oginski died on November 25, 1783.

After his death, his youngest son Frantishek Oginski became the owner of all his estates. And in 1814, the grandson of Tadeusz – the famous Belarusian composer Mikhail Kleofas Oginski – became the owner of the Ganuta manor.

To avoid arrest for participating in a clandestine Filaret Association, Mikhail Kleofas Oginski was forced to leave his country.

Leaving these places in the summer of 1822, he wrote his famous polonaise "Farewell to the Fatherland."