Crystal ringing of the bells.
Tourist Vitebsk is a wonderful city. Here, along with modern architectural complexes monuments of architecture and art are located in a cozy neighborhood and have been worthy ornament of Vitebsk more than one hundred years.
Many people who visited the city, noted that tourist Vitebsk is especially famous for its temples. Although the history prepared a hard way for churches in Vitebsk. At different times they faced fires and violence. And even if they managed to stand the test of centuries and military ruin, with dignity, the temples of Vitebsk were mercilessly destroyed in peace time Ц by the Soviet authorities. And then they again revived - on pieces of ruins, memory and self identity.
And today solemn and joyful, sad and hysterical ringing of bells is spread over Vitebsk. As if this is the only thread that regularly, every day, recalls about ruined relics, the lend marked by God and reliably weaves the history of the city of Vitebsk and the present in a single cloth.
However there are so many temples in the city that it is difficult to choose at once what to see in Vitebsk. But if you look through the pages of city portal VitebskCity.by - the problem is solved. Studied Vitebsk attractions in details, you can go on an unforgettable journey through the city, where not only churches, but each building, each sculpture, and even a seemingly unremarkable street will speak to you in the language of history.
The Assumption Cathedral in Vitebsk is one of the most unique churches in Belarus, which was built in a picturesque place of the city - on the high bank of the Western Dvina. Earlier there was an old church, destroyed during the Soviet era. But at the beginning of the XXI century the temple rose. Today it is the only cathedral in Vitebsk, the lower active layer of which is located underground.
The Annunciation Church is the most prayed place in Vitebsk. The temple was built at the dawn of the city, but the reconstruction, demolition and an explosion in peacetime have made its sad contribution. In spite of this the Annunciation Church remains the main temple of Vitebsk.
The Holy Resurrection Church is a unique creation of the architecture of Vitebsk. Unique painting of walls, solemn and majestic appearance and hereditary set of bells that not every church can be proud of - all this makes the relic invaluable asset of cultural Vitebsk.
Roman Catholic Church of St.Barbara is wonderful and unique. The trials done by the war and the history have made the Catholic Church even more majestic and grand. This is a real discovery for the culture of Vitebsk, because the Roman Catholic Church, like a visitor from a distant era, hides among the trees, supporting the sky with its stunning and grandiose towers.
Vitebsk - is not only a centre of industrial and cultural life of Belarus. There are a lot of old and new churches and temples, among which the Roman Cathedral Church of Jesus the Merciful vividly stands out, opened in October 2009. Church is outstanding because it occupies central place in Vitebsk diocese and can hold over 1,500 worshipers. It is the first Catholic Church built in Vitebsk for the last 124 years.
You should visit the Temple of St.Euphrosyne of Polotsk already because everything here breathes with purity and holiness, and the urban landscape as if under a light veil of the relic. Besides, this is one of the few two-story temple of Vitebsk so beloved by the parish.
Orthodox faithful for some reason consider the Intercession Cathedral the main. The history laid a hard way for the temple. But time has put everything in its place, and today hundreds of people come to the church to bow to the relics of the saints and ask the Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary Protection for the intercession.
The Church of St. Prince Alexander Nevsky was originally built as a temporary temple. But soon that status was removed, and the temple is scheduled to mark the beginning of a new tradition of modern Vitebsk.
Believers not only from Vitebsk, but also from all over the country hurry to come to Kazan Church to worship the miraculous icon of the Mother of God "Kazan". And if you sincerely believe, a miracle will happen. Already people know the facts, even miraculous healing of the suffering patients...
Not all know about Vitebsk Assumption Temple. It is certainly not so "sensational" as many temples and churches in Vitebsk, such as the Holy Assumption Cathedral or the Resurrection Church, but it has its own beauty and majesty, peculiar only to it. And, fo course, its unique history that became part of the big history of the city of Vitebsk.
Few people know that one of the most beautiful churches in Belarus Ц the Saint-Ascension Church Цis built in Luzhesno, near Vitebsk. The history of Vitebsk, rich in dramatic events and twists and turns, has prepared a hard way for the relic, but the church has stood in defiance of all the trials.
The temple of St.George the Victorious favorably differs from other sites of Vitebsk because of the unique construction. The church consists of two levels and in fact contains two churches - St. George the Victorious and St. Nicholas the Wonderworker.
The history has prepared hard tests to the Holy Spirit convent: the abode passed to the Uniates, then was rebuilt as a prison, and even demolished. Although the time has put everything in its place Ц and today the reborn convent is a bright landmark of Vitebsk with elegant classic proportions and rich spiritual content.
The Church of the Holy Apostle Andrew First-Called was raised at the turn of the century, in 2000, by Vitebsk folk craftsmen. The church was built in just two weeks, so became the highlight of the architecture of Vitebsk.