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Church of Saints Simon and Helena, Minsk

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At Church of Saints Simon and Helena, you'll see two small towers representing the children of the church's patrons. A rich Belarusian family ordered the red church to be built after the premature death of their two children, Simon and Helena, in 1908. The large tower on the city's best-known Catholic building represents the parents' grief. Notice a bronze statue in front of the church depicting Archangel Michael slaying a dragon. During Soviet times the church served as a theater and a cinema. Do not miss a memorial composition of a Nagasaki bell next to the church. The bell is an exact replica of the original bell from Urakami Cathedral, which was destroyed during the nuclear bombing on August 9, 1945. To visit Church of Saints Simon and Helena and other attractions in Minsk, use our Minsk itinerary planner.
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  • The Church, which was built in memory of Edward Wainilowicz their children a special atmosphere of tranquillity, comfort and warmth. Every person, regardless of religion, here will find what appears in it! ...
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  • We are Orthodox, so visited this place in terms of architectural and aesthetic interests. But the Church is not impressive nor dimensions, nor Interior. Absolutely ordinary Church.
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  • Different than other churches. It is also called the red church and it has an interesting history of why/how it was built.  more »
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  • Church is beautiful. Was there for a Vivialdi concert, which was poorly organized, but the church itself was beautiful.
  • Cuz nice and simple architecture
  • A touch of color in an austere square
  • Old and nice church.
  • If you visit Minsk you cannot miss this church. Very uncommon architecture for Belarus. It is situated in the very centre of the town, worth a quick visit

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The funky town of Minsk is flooded with cool hotels and chic apartments to rent, many of which can be quite luxurious. Renting an apartment is a great option--and if you are traveling with a group, you can keep the cost per person down. While bed and breakfasts and guesthouses are not quite as popular in this city, you can find affordable lodging at the nice but less expensive hotels that may sacrifice location or amenities. Most hotels and hostels will arrange to register you as a foreigner with the police. If you rent an apartment-style accommodation, make sure to check in advance whether or not your host will do so. Without registration, you can stay in Belarus for only five business days.
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