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Church of Michael the Archangel in Synkovichi description and photos - Belarus: Grodno region. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photos and a map showing the nearest significant objects.
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The Church of St. Michael the Archangel in the village of Synkovichi is one of the oldest medieval Gothic Orthodox churches in Belarus. Scientists, historians, theologians, archeologists argue about the time of the construction of the St. Michael's Church and cannot come to a common opinion.
There is a beautiful legend among the people that the church was built in the XIV century by Prince Vitovt in memory and gratitude about how he escaped in the woods near the Synkovichi from the pursuit of Prince Yagailo after him.
Some scholars believe that the temple was built in the first half of the 16th century during the reign of Queen Bona. There is a mention of this in the historical document "Act of Visitation".
Perhaps the church was founded on the initiative of the great hetman of Lithuania Konstantin Ostrog, who also founded the Trinity and Prechistenskaya churches in Vilna.
Given the intricacies of medieval history, which the land of modern Belarus is famous for, we can assume that there is some truth in every assumption, because the churches here have been destroyed and restored many times, the ruins of more ancient buildings were used for their construction. By its appearance, the church looks more like a small medieval castle, once rebuilt into a temple.
In 1926, the church was a branch of the Jesuit mission novitiate in Slonim. In 1990, the temple was transferred to the Orthodox Church. In 2007, a major reconstruction of the church and the bell tower standing next to it was carried out. Now it is a functioning Orthodox Church.
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Topic: Church of Michael the Archangel in Synkovichi description and photos - Belarus: Grodno region.