Saint Sophia Cathedral, Polotsk

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Saint Sophia Cathedral houses the burial vault of Duke Vseslav of Polotsk, the Wizard, who was said to have been a sorcerer as well as a werewolf. The duke invited architects from various countries to construct the cathedral in the 11th century. Look for the names of the builders inscribed in stone at the base of the cathedral. You'll see fragments of the ancient frescoes on interior walls. Only parts of the cathedral date back to the time of Vseslav. Its current appearance--a Baroque structure with towers--has not changed significantly since the 18th-century restoration. Today the cathedral serves as a concert hall with an organ. Make Saint Sophia Cathedral part of your personalized Polotsk itinerary using our Polotsk online sightseeing planner .
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  • I recommend visiting as #1 in Polotsk. You can take an audio guide, you can take a tour guide. It is interesting for children and adults! The museum workers are polite. Don't forget to make a wish for Borisov and bypass it 3 times.
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  • St. Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk, bears the same name as those in Novgorod and Kiev and all descended from the great mighty Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople). The cathedral is built atop a hill above the West Dvina River. It leads a wooden staircase down below the cathedral, where some creations from history were preserved. You have to pay a small fee to visit the building and at the reception there are cards and pictures that can be purchased!
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  • A wonderful rebuild cathedral, with attention for the long history of Belarus
  • Why they take double price on holidays? Why they put curtains at the entrance? Why it is not allowed to take pictures there? Why the service people there not smiling, are so rude and impolite? So many questions, so few answers.
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