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Church of the Intercession description and photos - Belarus: Polotsk. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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The Church of the Intercession, or the Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos, was built in Polotsk in 1781 at the cemetery. The small wooden church soon became very popular and became a cathedral.
In 1838, an attempt was made to move the Intercession Church to the walls of the temple of the former Franciscan monastery. However, the temple did not want to become an Orthodox church, its foundation after re-consecration gave up, the church was declared emergency, and then demolished. After the failure with the new Intercession Church, they remembered the old wooden one and reopened it for parishioners.
Unfortunately, the old wooden building of the Intercession Church built in the 18th century did not survive and burned down in a big fire in 1900. It was decided to build a new stone temple. They managed to collect the money by 1905. By the beginning of the First World War, the temple was consecrated and opened.
In the early 1930s, the Bolsheviks closed the church. All priests and clergymen were arrested and repressed. The church was abandoned for a long time and decayed in desolation. They remembered about a solid building after the end of the Great Patriotic War, when the city lay in ruins. A confectionery factory was opened within the walls of the temple, which worked until the 1960s, when a fire broke out. It was decided not to restore the burnt down former church, but to dismantle it for building material.
In 1991 it was decided to restore (build anew) the Intercession Church on the previous foundation. Construction dragged on until 2004, when the church was consecrated and opened to believers.
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