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02. Tour "Belarus. Churches of Grodno"


Tour "Belarus. Churches of Grodno"
Itinerary: Grodno - Volpa - Ros - Synkovichi - Zhyrovichi - Slonim
Duration: 2 days

Attractive tour begins with the churches of our city - Grodno. Grodno is situated 300 km West of Minsk on the border with Poland. It was founded in the 11th cent., as a fortress on the banks of the Neman, today the city ranks number one among old Belarusian cities in its authentic planning and 12th-16th cent. churches, numerous 17th-18th cent. religious and public buildings.

The places worth to be visited are:

The Bernadine Monastery - the monument of the architecture of the 16th - 18th cent, has features of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. The complex of the monastery includes: the Catholic Church (since 1680 there is an organ in the Church); the dwelling building and the bell-tower.

The Brigitte Convent - the monument of the architecture of the first half of the 17th cent. built in Early Baroque style; it includes the Catholic Church, dwelling house.

The Jesuit Monastery - the monument of the architecture of the 17th cent. built in Baroque style.

The Farny (Principal) Catholic Church - the monument of the architecture of the 18th cent. built in 1783.

The Franciscan Monastery - the monument of the architecture of the first half of the 17th cent. built in Baroque Style including: the Catholic church , the bell-tower, monastery building, the gates.

The Basilian Convent (The Convent of the Nativity of the Virgin) - the monument of the architecture of the second quarter of the 17th cent. built in Baroque style; was opened for services till 1960, then nuns moved to Zhirovitchy. In 1978 - 1985 the convent was restored. Since 1992 the convent is open for services again. It includes the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin, monastery buildings (the end of the 19th cent.), the chapel, Mother-Superior’s house.

The Orthodox Church Of The Protection Of The Virgin - the monument of the architecture of the beginning of the 20th cent. built in Pseudo-Russian Style. The church is open for services.

The Orthodox Church Of St. Vladimir - the monument of the architecture of the end of the 19th cent. built in Retrospective and Russian styles, has features of Moscow architecture of the 17th cent. The church is open for services.

The Orthodox Church Of St. Boris And St. Gleb - the monument of the stone architecture of the second half of the 12th cent. built in Old-Russian style, one of the most beautiful pieces of the architectural school of Grodno. Today there is a branch of Belarusian State Museum of the History of Religion in the church.

Today there are 650 objects in the list of "The World Values" defined by UNESCO. The Orthodox Church of St. Boris and St. Gleb is a candidate for entering UNESCO List.

After that we will visit Volpa, where the architecture of the 17th century is presented by a wooden church. In Ros tourists will see a church of the 19th century, performed in classicism style. Here are situated the epitaphs of magnates Branitskin.

The Church Of Syncovichi, built in late 15th- early 16th cent. on the northern outskirts of the village is an example of defence architecture featuring also Gothic elements. A similar 16th cent. church with the elements of defence architecture is situated in the village of Murovanka.

Then our tour goes to Zhyrovichi, known as "Mekka" of Belarus, is home to a famous Orthodox monastery. The village of Zhirovitsy, 150 km from Minsk, has been known since the 15th cent. Its monastery of that age is famous for its architecture and is today the center of Orthodox education. Zhirovitchy is one of the main religious centers in Belarus.

The architectural monument of the 17th - 18th cent., was founded on the place of the appearance of Mother of God. The main sacred object of Zhirovitchy is a sacred image of Mother of God (the 15th cent.). At the end of the 15th cent. the monastery was the richest one in Belarus and Lithuania. From 1945 till now there is a Theological seminary here. The architectural complex includes:

The Dormition Cathedral - the monument of the architecture of the 17th cent.- the first half of the 19th cent.; founded in the beginning of the 17th cent. as the main Cathedral of Basilian Monastery. The main temple has Baroque and Classicism styles features.

The Holy Crossday Church - the architectural monument of the 18th cent. built in Baroque style.

The Theological Seminary of Zhirovitchy - the monument of the architecture of the 17th - 18th cent. built in Baroque style.

Not less interesting will be meeting with Slonim, which is called "North Athens".

Slonim, one of the most ancient towns of Grodno oblast, is interesting, first of all, by architectural monuments survived from various epochs and by its streets planning pattern. Among places worth to be seen are:

The Catholic Church Of St. Andrew - the monument of the architecture of the 15th cent. built in Late Baroque style. Today it is under State protection, planning to be restored.

The Catholic Bernadine Church and Monastery - the monuments of the architecture of the 17th cent. built in Baroque style. Today they are under State protection.

The Catholic Bernadine Church and Cloister - the monument of the architecture of the middle of the 17th cent. built in Baroque and Rococo styles. The church is open for services. The complex is under State protection.

The Old Town Hall Building - the monument of the architecture of the 18th cent. built in Baroque style. Today it is under State protection.
Slonim is known as a typical old Belarusian town where Jewish population prevailed before WWII (75%), there is a 17th cent.

Synagogue - the only Synagogue in Belarus where the entire interior is preserved, a 19th cent. Synagogue, the 18th-19th cent. Jewish housing areas, a Jewish cemetery.

Programme

Arrival in Grodno
Transfer to the hotel with guide assistance
Check-in at the hotel in the centre of the city
Time at leisure
Dinner

Day 2

Breakfest
Departure from the Sovietskaya Square
Volpa, Ros - churches of the 17th and the 19th centuries.
Synkovichi - the church of the 16th century.
Zhyrovichi - The Dormition Cathedral, The Holy Crossday Church
16.00 - Slonim - The Catholic Church Of St. Andrew
The Catholic Bernadine Church and Monastery, St. Andrew Cathedral, a synagogue, The Old Town Hall Building
20.00 - Arrival in Grodno

Cost according to demands.

The cost included: entrance visa, full board and lodging, a guide, transfer, passage service, bus and excursion service, entrance tickets to the museums

The company leaves the right to make some alterations in the program without decreasing whole volume and quality of services.

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