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. Make Saint Sophia Cathedral part of your personalized Polotsk itinerary using our Polotsk online sightseeing planner .
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  • Nothing notable is lined with a beautiful icon of the Russia Orthodox Church. It is close to river flows through a relaxed atmosphere.
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  • Majestic architectural structure. Despite the fact that it was destroyed several times, after the restoration brought back to its original state. For guests of the cathedral organ music concerts, this no where did not hear. Directly in front of the entrance lies a huge stone, say, it can fulfill the desire. Next to him opened a chic look to the Western Dvina and other shore.
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  • The area is very cosy and quiet, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, view is of Dvina river is breathtaking. The building looks majestic from outside but that's it. There is absolutely nothing to see in...  more »
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  • One of few must-go places in Belarus
  • Beautiful place
  • Sofíjskij Cathedral (Ukrainian:. Safіjskі Sabor) is an architectural monument of XI-XVIII centuries, the first stone building on the territory of Belarus. Built in the mid-11th century in Byzantine style, the temple was consecrated in the name of Hagia Sophia. Before our time Saint Sophia Cathedral survives in a greatly altered form, was finally rebuilt in the 18th century in the style of the Baroque. In this form survived until our time. After numerous destructions and reconstructions of the ancient Cathedral 11 b. left the Foundation, the bottom parts of walls and supporting pillars, and only the Eastern apse rises to a height of about 12 m in the construction of the Cathedral at 11 as a building material used plinthite-flat bricks, which recipe and technology of masonry brought here by Byzantine masters. The masonry of the Cathedral was the classical Byzantine architecture technology with "depressed" when every second row plinthite was hidden, drowned deep into the walls and top, an cemjankoj. And this striped ...
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  • There are super. Very nicely. Real time portal opuskaeshsja, you go and you haven't already 21 century.
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  • The temple is not highlighted even in holidays on January 2. Polotsk as a terrible black hole. When here comes 21 century? This same monument Megaistoricheskij! This Is Sofia! Well, how wrong!?
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