The Filarets’ Stone
The boulder called “The Filarets’ Stone” is found 1 km to the west of the village of Karchevo, Baranovichi District. It is a geological natural monument.
The boulder is the largest stone found in Brest region. Its length is 4.1 m, width – 1.9m, and height – 3 m, though it has remained intact up to date but partially During WWI, when the Russian-German frontline ran to the east of Karchevo, there was an attempt to blow it up to get crussed stone to strengthen the country dirt roads.
“The Filarets’ Stone” is of geological, cultural and historical value. It was brought from the Scandinavian Peninsular during the last Poozersky glacial period (17-18 thousand years ago).
Structurally, the boulder is made up of grey-pink granite consisting of grains of pink potassium feldspar, grey quartz, biotite mica flakes as well as apatite and muscovite inclusions.
According to legend, it was near the boulder that the members of the secret Filarets society, students at Vilno University Josef Jezhovsky, Franciszek Malevsky, Tomasz Zan, Jan Czaczot, Ignacy Domeyko, Adam Mickievicz and others, would get together.
It is not impossible that it was there that “The Song of the Filarets” was recited for the first time. The boulder itself was described by Adam Mickievicz in his poem “Pan Tadeusz”.
Geographic coordinates: N 53° 37'37,70" E 26° 11' 16,80"
Foto: Владимира ЗУЕВА