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The cathedral had accumulated and demonstrates well the complicated history of Polotsk and Belarus... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2018
Hoshea P
Kolomna, Russia
Little, but good

There is a museum inside (closed on Mondays), a parking down the hill, and a good view on the... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2018
Dziyana K
Minsk, Belarus
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Jul 22, 2018
Jul 6, 2018
“Little, but good”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Zamkovaya St., 1, Polotsk, Belarus
+375 214 42-53-40
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

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.

Thank Mikhail K
Reviewed 23 July 2018

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

Thank Hoshea P
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

There is a museum inside (closed on Mondays), a parking down the hill, and a good view on the river. Also some monuments around the cathedral.

Thank Dziyana K
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Visiting time strictly limited by 17:00. Then they lock all doors and do not let anyone in. Really strange habit which I have already seen in one museum in form of "sanitary day"....

Thank Andis L
Reviewed 22 December 2017

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

1  Thank Juliya L
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

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

Thank dirkaarts
Reviewed 9 September 2016

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

Thank w0rkinghard
Reviewed 30 January 2016

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.

Thank herculeshimself
Reviewed 12 October 2014

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.

Thank Lodewijk S
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