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To my mind it's replica except several walls. There some fragments of old frescoes. Frescoes are really old 11-12 century but are poorly preserved. If you are limited in time the visiting of this caphedral isn't obligately.
The cathedral had accumulated and demonstrates well the complicated history of Polotsk and Belarus, as well. It looks Catholic. For many centuries it was Catholic. But, it is named after Saint Sophia like Orthodox cathedrals in Constantinople, Kiev, or Novgorod. From the Soviet time, the...More
The area is very cosy and quiet, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, view is of Dvina river is breathtaking. The building looks majestic from outside but that's it. There is absolutely nothing to see inside, it actully looks like a very poor museum. If you go...More
Then church which is not functioning as a church, but as a concert hall. It's nice, but by far less impressive then we expected. The cellars in which the foundations can be seen are nice to walk through, but not very impressive. All by all...More
Interesting to visit and unusually for Belarus most of the information signs have an English translation. Not the most visually stunning Cathedral but of great historical importance to the people of Polotsk. The little shop sells a good book (with english translation) that explains the...More
Visited this cathedral on my last day in Belarus. Was told that this is similar to those in Russia and Ukraine but it was not so. Its has some good artifacts inside but I would say it doesn't have much to offer.
This church was rebuilt after a gunpowder explosion in the 18th century. Unfortunately the interior is disappointing although the excavations somewhat compensate the loss of historical value. The sight is very nice on the river Dvina.