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10. Tour "Belarus. "Mekka" of Belarus


Tour „Belarus. “Mekka” of Belarus
Itinerary: Grodno- Zhyrovichi – Slonim
Duration: 2 days

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.

One of the most honored Orthodox Christian centers of Belarus, the village is known for the fact that there at the Assumption Monastery, 17th-18th cent. architectural monument, there is an icon of the Mother of God, one of the most venerated sacred images in Belarus.

The main sacred object of Zhirovitchy is a sacred image of Mother of God (the 15th cent.). At the end of the 15th. 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
Zhyrovichi – The Dormition Cathedral, The Holy Crossday Church
Slonim – The Catholic Church Of St. Andrew
The Catholic Bernadine Church and Monastery, St. Andrew Cathedral, a synagogue, The Old Town Hall Building
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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