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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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  • 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 »
  • Visited this cathedral on my last day in Belarus. Was told that this is similar to those in Russia and Ukraine but it was not so. Its has some good artifacts inside but I would say it doesn't have muc...  more »
  • This church was rebuilt after a gunpowder explosion in the 18th century. Unfortunately the interior is disappointing although the excavations somewhat compensate the loss of historical value. The sigh...  more »
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  • Beautiful place
  • This place is just magical! Were not in very hot weather, Sun, alas, was not. However, and without this it is very beautiful, unforgettable scenery! Near the Cathedral is one of the largest stones in Europe. A lot of people relate to that stone to fulfill his desire. Unequivocal 5 stars!
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  • Being in polatsk, not possible not to visit this wonderful place. The Cathedral is located on a hill, which gives it more charm. And the view from there is simply wonderful.
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  • Beautiful landscape! Interesting, especially with a guide! Impressive organ concert.
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  • 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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Tourism in Vitebsk Region centers around its rich natural scenery; as a result, most accommodations are either a relaxing natural getaway or a base for exploring the picturesque landscape. The major city within this region, Vitebsk, boasts a variety of hotels from which to explore the town's attractions. 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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