Saint Sophia Cathedral, Polotsk

4.5
#1 of 16 in Museums in Vitebsk Region
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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  • The place is wonderful. On a high bank of Dvina. Very light, almost airy building. Clean and light. Inside there is a concert hall. Small exposition of sculptures. Preserved remains of frescoes. Descending down you can see the first foundation. The feeling is unbelievable when you understand how old this laying is. There is also an exhibition of various items found in the county (coins, ornaments).
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  • Friends, good Day. St. Sophia Cathedral in Polatsk. Everything is beautiful. There is a very small museum. The entrance is paid. 5 rubles. Interesting because they arrange concerts of organ music.
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  • 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.
  • If I'm to use one word alone to describe this place, that will be "breathtaking". I don't remember crying in a cathedral while travelling abroad before, because I see them as cultural heritage and that's it, but my God, the sound of the organ in this cathedral is magnificent. They played Bach, of course. There is so much history there, don't miss this place if you happen to be in Belarus.
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