At Church of Saints Simon and Helena, you'll see two small towers representing the children of the church's patrons. A rich Belarusian family ordered the red church to be built after the premature death of their two children, Simon and Helena, in 1908. The large tower on the city's best-known Catholic building represents the parents' grief. Notice a bronze statue in front of the church depicting Archangel Michael slaying a dragon. During Soviet times the church served as a theater and a cinema. Do not miss a memorial composition of a Nagasaki bell next to the church. The bell is an exact replica of the original bell from Urakami Cathedral, which was destroyed during the nuclear bombing on August 9, 1945. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Church of Saints Simon and Helena and many more Minsk attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Minsk driving holiday website .
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I did not spend too much time visiting this beautiful church, but the highlight most certainly is the replica Shroud of Turin. Given that the actual shroud rarely comes on public display these days..... more »
This is a beautiful, relatively contemporary catholic cathedral smack dab in the middle of the Belarus national plaza. It’s a beautiful building and well worth seeing. more »
A beautiful church with a sad story, as it was apparently built to commemorate a son and daughter who died at a green age and who had shared with their parents having dreamt of a church just like the one that can be admired today. The comparatively new (1910) church building - like so many religious buildings in the territories of the former Soviet Union - then went through a change of purpose, being used as a cinema for most of the Soviet period, and reverting to its original use only under newly-independent Belarus.
Very beautiful architecture with gothic elements! Inside is absolutely fantastic view! Many decorations and some sculptures! Very amazing church. Mass is celebrated in the church in Belarusian, Polish, Lithuanian, and Latin.
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