History

Backstory

The village of Plissa is located on the territory of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania, today it’s the territory of the Republic of Belarus, Vitebsk region, Glubokoye district. In Belarus, other villages, lakes and rivers also bear this name. Local historians say that the “Plissa” toponym is derived from the term “ples”, which stands for a quiet, overgrown place in a pond with a calm current. The ancient town of Plissa was founded on the shore of the like-named lake that is 6 km long and 1.5 km wide. Mnuta river outflows from this lake and joins the Disna. And local countryside amazes visitors with it’s indescribable beauty both in winter and in summer. Near the lake there is a castle hill that has a legend to it: once upon a time there stood a castle that belonged to a duke who had two daughters - Mnuta and Lyutitsa. And not far from the castle there lived a fisherman who fell in love with Mnuta The duke found out about this and turned against their love. Then, after a while, the fisherman vanished. And next Mnuta went missing, too. Lyutitsa wandered off in search of her sister and also disappeared never to be seen again. Since then, they say that the river Mnuta flowing out of Lake Plissa and the river Lyutitsa that is flowing into the lake are the two lost sisters who can never meet, because one sister always comes into the lake and the other comes out of it. The area is filled with ancient and historically prominent places. The village stands on the way from Vilnius to Polotsk, a road that used to be called the Great Trade Route or the Algerdov way. Back in the days there were stone crosses along the entire length of this road, one of them still stands in the center of the village. Our ancestors installed these structures at the points of trade routes crossing, near major cities and in places where milestone historical events took place. People believed that they protected the neighborhood from scoundrels, epidemics and diseases. This cross was previously directly on the Algerdov way, up on the hill, but in Soviet times it was cast down from there, and after that the locals placed it within the limits of the village.