Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Spassky Monastery in Kobrin

This building has a typical history for the Belarusian architecture. The date of the erection of the monastery is  not known until now. Some scientists say that the monastery was built in the 16th century, some scholars argue that the date of construction for two centuries later - in the 18th century. While no one knows which of scientists is right: there is no evidence.

Male Orthodox monastery near the church in the name of the Merciful Saviour of Kobrin was founded by Prince John  Semenovich and his mother Ulyana in 1497 (?). 


The monastery was destroyed during the fighting and looting, it was rebuilt several times. For example, during the battle Kobrin June 27, 1812 was destroyed by fire the ancient wooden monastery church.





In 1839, after the abolition of the union, the monastery was closed. In the monastic seminary building is located, was destroyed by fire in the second half of the XIX century. The main building of the monastery was in ruins before the 20-ies of the XX century, when the building was renovated on the orders of the Polish authorities. During reconstruction, were totally destroyed the remnants of the inner temple. According to A.M. Martynov (a former director of the museum of Kobrin), in the course of the work have been found the remains of burial Kobrin princes (?) And walled in the walls of the skeletons in chains. In the renovated building housed the court Kobrin district.




After World War II the building housed the district court, then the police department, who moved to new premises only in 2009.


Despite the fact that the monastery is located in the heart of the city around him is silence and peace. Тhe monastery is surrounded by old trees that provide cool shade. I do not know, live there a nun or not - on the territory of the monastery I have not met a single person.




 However, near the fence there were several cars. Officially, photography and videography is prohibited on the monastery, but to read this sign, you have to pass through the territory of the monastery a few meters. So, I "didn't saw" inscription (to be honest, I saw it too late, when I took a few photos).



It's very interesting to look at the entrance gate to the monastery. Such gates are called "Brama". They stood for several centuries, survived the war and hard times, and will stand for many many years.


And on the way back I saw that's such an unusual sign. You ask, what is unusual? The fact that this sign is very similar to the sign "standing is prohibited," but it somehow Red Cross painted over with white paint.

Compare:

Here is an interesting and controversial sign near the monastery in Kobrin. Come to town and see all these for yourself! 

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