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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  • 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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  • Powerful spiritual Center. It is a pity that now it's not a shrine. But still it is a symbol of Belarus and its glorious, rich and dramatic history.
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  • A great place for me is very deep and strong feelings. Very attractive for me. At the same time a symbol of antiquity and the effects of time. The Cathedral was rebuilt many times, and as a result acquired such views. It's not preserved ancient and Antiquity in motion in a beautiful place full of mysteries.
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  • Really liked the Museum! Astounding architecture and views, literally "thresholds". I would like to express special thanks to the Guide, scientific officer, Galina Viktorovna, which are interested in absolutely every one of us, fascinated by its colorful story in those ancient times, responded to all of our many questions!
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