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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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TripAdvisor
  • Superb church to visit, very beautiful architecture and very specific all red brick, to visit exceptional place  more »
  • This is worth a short visit for the loveliness of its restored interior, and it's unusual red brick exterior. My favourite bit, however, was a dynamic stylised bronze sculpture of St.Michael slaying t...  more »
  • The church stands out for it's strong red colour and impressive architecture, very different from the surrounding buildings. Do take a quick look inside, or stay for longer for a rest and enjoy the be...  more »
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  • 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
  • One of the best attractions in Minsk.
  • Amazing architecture and location. Services held in Polish, Belarussian and Russian language. Roman Catholic Church.