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Saint Sophia Cathedral, Polotsk

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Saint Sophia Cathedral houses the burial vault of Duke Vseslav of Polotsk, the Wizard, who was said to have been a sorcerer as well as a werewolf. The duke invited architects from various countries to construct the cathedral in the 11th century. Look for the names of the builders inscribed in stone at the base of the cathedral. You'll see fragments of the ancient frescoes on interior walls. Only parts of the cathedral date back to the time of Vseslav. Its current appearance--a Baroque structure with towers--has not changed significantly since the 18th-century restoration. Today the cathedral serves as a concert hall with an organ. Plan to see Saint Sophia Cathedral and other attractions that appeal to you using our Vitebsk Region holiday planner.
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  • That was the only sights in a city with hundreds of thousands of residents. A Church Museum, world famous according to the population. I think that is to miss anything in this country! The people the country is also so friendly and safe!
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  • St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk is very popular not only among the Belarusians, but also many foreigners. The flow of pilgrims and ordinary believers brigands there daily. Crossing the threshold of the Cathedral at once you feel something umirotvorenost' and calm. The extraordinary beauty of the temples, one of which you can touch the Holy relics cancer e. Polotsk. Also on the premises of the Cathedral Church are stalls where a huge number of icons with part of the robes of e. Polotsk, church utensils, various herbs collected nuns and more. And when you exit the Cathedral you can go to a café, where the nuns are treated to magnificent herbal tea and fresh pastries.
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  • Stunningly beautiful Hagia Sophia is one of the main landmark of the ancient Polotsk. The Cathedral is located on a high Hill on the Bank of the Dvina River. From the observation deck offers views of the city. Half of the rise to the temple-source John Chrysostom with delicious water. On the square in front of the Cathedral-huge Boris rock
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  • Beautiful place
  • Hear an organ concert. How thrilling!!! The sounds of the organ took all my bones! Then listened to a tour of the Sofia cathedrals, thanks girl guide for the wonderful and thought-provoking story about the history of the Cathedral. I liked everything!
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  • The Fourth Cathedral. Appeared after its "Big Sisters" in Kiev and Novgorod, built on the model of the Cathedral in Constantinople. The majestic building. Inside the Cathedral very nicely preserved frescoes amazing acoustics. On Sunday or when go festivals of organ or Chamber music plays the organ. This is the place to visit for sure.
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  • Beautiful, travel can enter. Forced to surrender the backpack (not so great). The cost of visiting a decent (360 thousand BYB), but we've come a day, when the whole town museums have worked for free.
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  • I don't think we without this Cathedral our Polotsk.. beautiful at any time of year and day ... Energy special places ... especially when it is poorly populated. Very romantic ... Walk and visit often!
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