My friends consider me as kind-hearted, sincere, loyal, goal-seeking and active person.I can add that I am cheerful, caring, affectionate, sensitive, impulsive and passionate.
The capital, Grodno, is the biggest city of the region. Many consider this city one of the most beautiful in Belarus: one of its masterpieces survived through the centuries, Orthodox St Boris & St Gleb (Kalozhskaya) Church dating back to the 12th century, is the second oldest in Belarus.
This region was the westernmost "borderlands" of the Early East Slavs (tribal union Dregovichs?
) on the lands of the Balts in the 6th-9th centuries.
In the 12th-14th centuries it was part of the area sometimes known as Black Ruthenia, that was fully incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL) by the rulers of Lithuania in the 13th century.
In 1413, the area around Grodno, part of the Duchy of Trakai, was transformed into newly established Trakai Voivodeship. In 1441, Magdeburg Law charter was granted to the capital by Casimir IV Jagiellon Grand Duke of Lithuania and future King of Poland.
In 1444, Grodno received its Coat of Arms from Casimir's hands as well as substantial trade privileges.Strong economic development of the area continued during the reign of Casimir's son - Duke Alexander Jagiellon who founded the first solid bridge over the Neman River as well as Monastery of Order of Saint Augustine and Monastery of Polish Ordo Fratrum Minorum.Later, Bona Sforza Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania, placed in Grodno her royal residence.According to medieval surveys, Grodno had 35 streets and 700 houses in 1558.The golden age of Grodno falls on the reign of Stephen Báthory King of Poland, that is between 15.During his reign Grodno became royal headquarters and began to host sessions of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth Senate and Parliament.