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St. Anthony of Padua description and photo - Belarus: Brest. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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The Church of St. Anthony is one of the few architectural monuments left in Brest after the Poles stayed in Western Belarus. The church was built in 1938 in the style of modern constructivism for the Polish military garrison stationed in Brest. In our minds, the church and the constructivist style are completely incompatible concepts, however, in Catholic Europe in the middle of the 20th century, many Catholic and Lutheran churches were built in this modern style.
The patron saint of the temple - St. Anthony of Padua - was elected by the Poles for a reason. This saint has come a long and difficult path, becoming a recognized orator, teacher of the Catholic Church and patron for those who want to regain lost values. The Poles believed that, Brest, included in the Russian Empire, lost its Catholic values. In addition, the beginning of the 20th century was marked by the collapse of spiritual values and a general decline in morality.
During the Second World War, the Church of St. Anthony was taken away by the Nazi invaders and Lutheran services for German soldiers were held within its walls, so the temple sometimes called the Lutheran church.
After the liberation of Brest by Soviet troops, the constructivist church of St. Anthony was closed and this religious building was first transferred for the needs of national cinema (the House of Cinema was opened here), and then it was bought by some modern advertising company. Unfortunately, the government of the Republic of Belarus is not going to return the church to the Catholic Church.
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