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Holy Spirit Cathedral, Minsk

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#4 of 54 in Historic Sites in Belarus
At Holy Spirit Cathedral, see the miraculous icon of Theotokos, which purportedly appeared on a riverbank in 1500. The cathedral was originally erected as a part of a Bernardine monastery in the 17th century. Notice the golden-blue image of the Holy Virgin on its white front exterior, flanked by two tall bell towers. Allegedly, part of the church served as a transit prison for evicted kulaks, and the building also served as a gym and an archive. Use our Minsk itinerary planner to visit Holy Spirit Cathedral on your trip to Minsk, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 16, 2017
    All in the heart of the city. It can be reached on any transport. Metro Lake for catamarans. Good place for a stroll.
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  • August 12, 2017
    The church isn't really on the maps (maybe they don't want an abundance of tourists?) but is hard to miss and whilst walking around central Minsk is worth taking a visit. We paid two short visits and ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Beautiful bright Cathedral. It is an ancient miracle-working icon of the mother of God Minsk. At the entrance there are skirts and kerchiefs.
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  • May 31, 2017
    One of the few tourist attraction in Minsk
  • May 21, 2016
    The Holy Spirit Cathedral is the main cathedral of the Belarusian Orthodox Church and dates back to 1633-1642. This was located next to our hotel in Minsk so we passed by it many times each day, as a functioning church it had a constant flow of visitors at all hours. There is plenty to see around the Cathedral with exhibitions often held to the side, many other interesting buildings, hotels and restaurants. The subway is located nearby as well.
  • March 11, 2017
    Historical and nice looking church in Minsk.
  • May 25, 2016
    A beautiful church by the river
  • June 27, 2016
    Great place!!

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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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