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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  • August 12, 2017
    Wanted to see the temple, known as the first stone structure of Belarus, but the repair. Apparently preparing for the day of the city. Nichegoshenki look.
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  • July 29, 2017
    I read about it in the literature and on the Internet, it was very interesting to see with their own eyes and the disappointment of course strong. The temple repaired and everything seems to fit, but looks very clumsy and "crooked". Hopefully though the window and slopes of ototrut paint. Well, if the Russians want to know any details about the Church, or any other attractions of Polotsk, then they have to know either Belarusian or English, the Russian language had no place. I guess better next time in Vitebsk will stop.
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  • July 25, 2017
    During Sunday's walk, I visited the most famous Polický Church. Due to the fact that in our country is the similar churches galore, so I wasn't surprised.
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  • February 26, 2017
    Beautiful place
  • July 2, 2017
    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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  • April 17, 2017
    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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  • May 21, 2017
    Beautiful landscape! Interesting, especially with a guide! Impressive organ concert.
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  • March 1, 2017
    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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