Friday, 22 March 2013

452 - Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary, Minsk

Card no 452 - Mish 
Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary, Minsk 
Country Card Sent From: Belarus 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Minsk 
Date Received: 21st March 2013 
Distance Travelled: 1,154 miles 
Time Taken: 12 days 

The Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary, (The Cathedral of the Holy Name of Mary) is a Roman Catholic baroque cathedral in Minsk. It was built in 1710 as a church of the Jesuit monastery. In 1793, after Russia took over Belarus, the Jesuit order was banned and the church became the local cathedral. The Cathedral was heavily damaged in a fire in 1797, but was later fully renewed.

The Soviet authorities closed the cathedral down in 1934.   During the Second World War, the Germans allowed the cathedral to function again, but after the war it was again closed down by the Soviets. In 1951, the cathedral's bell towers were intentionally destroyed by Soviet artillery and the building itself was given to the Spartak sports society.

 In the beginning of the 1990s, religious services started again. In 1993, the building was given back to the Roman Catholics; by 1997 it was renewed. During 2000s, the frescoes created in 18th century were also restored. An in 2005, the church was gifted a new organ manufactured in Austria.

Mish mentions Saint Sophia's Cathedral in Polotsk has an organ as well and its sound is amazing.

The Gooseberry stamp is lovely - 


  1. I'm glad it finally came, as it was sent out together with the previous card.

  2. It's funny how cards posted on the same day in the same box end up arriving days or weeks apart. It's happened to ones I've sent to Danielle in the USA.


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