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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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  • The Cathedral is part of the Polotsk historical and cultural museum-reserve. Next to the Cathedral has one of Borisovyh stones. In the Concert Hall of the Hagia Sophia annual festivals of ancient and modern organ and chamber music, the most famous of these is the Festival "Must" every Sunday Safii — concerts of organ music. In St. Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk already had the honour of virtuoso Organists. Once a year, on June 5, the day of memory of St. Yefrosinya of Polotsk, Orthodox divine service is held. Then from the Hagia Sophia to Spaso-Evfrosin'evskogo monastery, a procession is held.
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  • Was several times in St. Sophia Cathedral. Really liked it! All without fuss, as they should be in a holy place.
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  • Interesting to visit and unusually for Belarus most of the information signs have an English translation. Not the most visually stunning Cathedral but of great historical importance to the people of P...  more »
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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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  • One of three Sofia cathedrals of Kievan Rus-the truth the most distorted from the original conception. However, the genius architect Clausewitz made of it a masterpiece of the Baroque. Some where with walls removed plaster, so that you can see the original brickwork. Now it is a museum itself, if someone is not impressive-it's his problem, not Cathedral was built sometime. The building often hosts exhibitions, on Sunday organ concerts are held regularly, the building is a recognizable symbol of the ancient cities of Belarus. Must have to visit.
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  • Very cool that the Cathedral is located at an altitude of. Were night stand spotlight shines, but not none.
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  • Every year come to the organ concert, really like it. If it were not for the staff-tëtečki sovok, where you are? You spoil the impression! In the Hall was 100 people and only picking on me, so I passed the backpack in the cloakroom (with documents, keys and equipment). Were sent and ignored, passed carry-on.
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  • Live in Polotsk, visit this place quite often, here always feel pleasant.
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