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Uspensky Cathedral, Vitebsk

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Church Tourist Spot
See the biggest bell in Belarus, weighing 4,716 kg (5.2 tons), in a belfry of Uspensky Cathedral. The first cathedral was erected in the 18th century on the site of a smaller church and much earlier pagan shrine. It was destroyed and rebuilt many times. Climb to the observation deck to get an aerial view of the city. On the north wall of the cathedral, you'll discover a memorial plate dedicated to people whose remains were found on site during the restoration works. They were most likely victims of the Soviet secret police or the Gestapo. The remains are buried near the church. Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus consecrated the new cathedral in 2011. Work out when and for how long to visit Uspensky Cathedral and other Vitebsk Region attractions using our handy Vitebsk Region tourist route planner.
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  • It's big, it's impressive. It's also nice. Not so old and a bit over pompous, with huge and absolutely people unfriendly stairs But if you are in the center... why not? Good spot for picture to be mad...  more »
  • Although beautiful on the outside, the freshly built cathedral (on the place where the original was blown up by the Soviet authorities) suffers on the inside. The colours are unnaturally bright and pr...  more »
  • That cathedral is considered by locals as a main architecture attraction and its beautiful and veeryy calm. I think in some way it reflects Belarusian culture.  more »