Religious tourism

Religious tourism

Religious tourism

Our country is located on the crossroads between East and West. And on the Belorussian land the Ways to God cross: Christians and Jews, Muslims and Hare Krishna, followers of esoteric and pagans live here for centuries in peace and harmony. Since ancient times Catholic and Orthodox, Jewish and Arab prayers have been blown in Belarus.

However, such a favorable location was fatal for the country’s life because the world powers used to settle their disagreements  on Belorussian lands. Only faith helped  Belarusians  to go through all those disasters.

The Belorussian shrines such as the monastery of Evfrasinya Polotskaya in Polotsk, the church of the Resurrection in Brest, a Catholic church in Novogrudok  which was built on the place of a pagan temple are world-famous. Experts of UNESCO also appreciated religious heritage of the Belorussian land. Corpus Christi Church in Nesvizh, Boris and Gleb (Kolozhskaya) church of XII century in Grodno and Saint Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk, wooden churches of Polesie pretend to be included in the World Heritage List.

The town Mir is a good example of multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan Belarus where you can see the Orthodox Church, the Catholic church, a Jewish synagogue at the same place. It is not the exception for Belarus: shrines of different faiths coexist in all cities and towns of the country.

Two centuries ago, in the Belorussian town Volozhin, where was one of the most famous yeshiva - Jewish Theological Academy, rabbis came for studying here from different countries, even from Africa and Japan. Today Jews all over the world come to Belarus to worship to the tombs of the great Torah connoisseurs and rabbis. There are more than 100 synagogues and yeshivas, 78 ancient Jewish cemeteries in Belarus.

Muslims live in Belarus for more than 600 years. The oldest temple of Muslims is located in the unofficial capital of the Belorussian Tatars in Ivie, Grodno region.

Also Belarusians have miraculous places: sacred springs, crying icons, crosses-boulders rising out of the ground.

The best time for the  journey to the holy places of Belarus can be the following dates: the 1st Saturday of July - the day of Budslav’s Icon of Our Lady, the 5th of July - the day of our patron St. Evfrosinya Polotskaya; the 8th of August 8 - Catholics go to Dominican church in Rakov.

Religious excursions:

1. Zhirovichi-Synkovichy (Holy Assumption Monastery, holy spring, the church of St. Šrhistratig Michael);

2. Zaslavl-Ratomka-Rakov (Savior Transfiguration Church; excursion around historical attraction of Zaslavl: ancient town "Zamechek", Zaslavsky Castle; Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul);

3. Zaslavl-Rakov-Volozhin (excursion around Zaslavl, Rakov, Volozhin with a visit to the Savior Transfiguration Church);

4. Slutsk-Mikashevichi-Turov (excursion around Slutsk with visit the Chapel of St. Barbara, the monument of Sofia Slutskaya, temple of Beheading of St. John the Forerunner in Mikashevichi, icon of Our Lady "Kazanskaya", the Church of All Saints in Turov, cemetery with growing cross);

5. Mir-Turets-Novogrudok (Mir Castle, the Holy Protection Church in Turets, Boris and Gleb Church).