Grodno, located on the Niemen river 173.5 miles to the west of Minsk, is certainly the most picturesque city in Belorussia, as it survived the war well, and preserved its historical buildings. To be visited: the Farny cathedral and its richly decorated altar; the church and Cistercian monastery; the wooden church of Saint-Boris and Saint-Hlib, dating from the 12th century. The religious history museum, housed in an 18th century palace that has recently been restored, displays engravings and works of art from Polish Catholicism and Russian Orthodoxy, together with a small collection of Jewish art. The Old Castle (Stari Zamak), built in the 14th century, is a museum containing works dating from before the 9th century. The New Castle (Novi Zamak), built in the 18th century in the purest rococo style, has become a museum and a library.