St. Joseph Church

Minsk, Belarus

St. Joseph Church is a former Roman Catholic church. The building, which is an example of the Baroque architecture style, was completed in 1752. The church was named after the monastery to which it belonged. It was closed in the 1860s and became an Orthodox Church. Since the late 19th century, it has been used to store archives.

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Founded: 1752
Category: Religious sites in Belarus

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Mr. Crazyman (2 years ago)
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Андрей Зимников (3 years ago)
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Sarmite Eglite (3 years ago)
Iespaidīgi. Dievkalpojumi tiek translēt ārpusē
Yegor Mukha (3 years ago)
The former church of Bernardine Order. Was a part of a monastery. However, now is used as an archives, so entrance inside is not allowed. It is worth to mention the underground tunnels to the neighboring building, which are still not fully discovered. According to the legends, there are tunnels across all the old town, including a tunnel to the cathedral of St Mary.
Rostislaw (3 years ago)
Dawny kościół oo. Bernardynów pw. Św. Józefa jest od czasu powstania styczniowego wykorzystywany jako archiwum, a więc nieczynny. Do środka nie można się dostać, zresztą, z wyposażenia nic nie przetrwało, a sam kościół jest w środku podzielony na kilka pięter. Zwrot kościoła wiernym jest mało prawdopodobny ze względu na położenie tuż przed prawosławnym soborem katedralnym, zajmującym dawny kościół ss. Bernardynek. Więc ten klincz tkwi od 150 lat i końca temu nie widać...
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