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Church of Saints Simon and Helena, Minsk
(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • In spite of that building over 100 years old, looks like new. Any visitor can go sit or explore the Church from within.
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  • Red Church-main and very beautiful Catholic shrine town completely made of red brick, was founded in the year 1905.
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  • Great Church to visit, beautiful architecture and very specific all in red brick, to visit exceptional place
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  • 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
  • Amazing architecture and location. Services held in Polish, Belarussian and Russian language. Roman Catholic Church.
  • We will be in Minks on July 5, 2015 and would like to attend the Sunday Mass in this church since it's the closest church from our hotel. Could someone let us know the mass schedule on July 5? Thanks, HQ
  • May God bless those that worked hard for this wonderful church to be here.
  • Very sad to see the church in the state. The car park runs to the wall edges of the church. Go see it before it's gone!