Corpus Christi Church

Niasvizh, Belarus

Niasvizh Catholic Corpus Christi church was built in 1587–1593 according to the design of the Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni at sponsorship of Mikołaj Krzysztof Radziwiłł. The Jesuit church in Niasvizh was the first construction in Baroque in the whole territory of Rzecz Pospolita.

The temple interior is richly decorated with paintings. The frescoes were performed in 1750-1760s with participation of the artist Ksawery Dominik Heski (restored in 1900–1902). The frescoes embrace 40 individual compositions depicting Saints, allegorical scenes and biblical stories. The fresco compositions include cartouches with the Bible stanze and references. There is K.D. Gesski’s picture 'The Lord's Supper' (1753) in the main shrine. In addition to the paintings, the church interior contains a lot of plastic images, i.e. bás-reliefs and bust gravestones of the 17th – 19th centuries, marble altars and monuments.

There is a choir with an organ above the temple entrance. An entrance into the family crypt – a burial vault of the Radziwills – is located next to the bás-relief under the altar of Christ. There are over seventy burials of the mighty dynasty in the semi-basement.

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Founded: 1587-1593
Category: Religious sites in Belarus

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Анна Рахманина (2 years ago)
Невероятно красиво и внутри, и снаружи. Раннее барокко. Внутри росписи чудесные, некоторые с 3D эффектом (таким, что реально обмануться можно). Само убранство тоже потрясающее. Много чего интересного, лучше идти со знающим человеком. Когда я посещала, во всю шла реконструкция, многое было недоступно, но даже это не испортило впечатление, а увиденного было достаточно, чтобы ахнуть от восторга. Потрясающе!!!
Александр (2 years ago)
Костей впечатляет своими размерами. В храме работает женщина служкой при храме которая не пускает туда посторонних туристов только с гидом
Ivan R. (3 years ago)
Ну, если честно, я бы не назвал этот 425летний иезуитский #костёл (#фарный означает католический приходской) таким уж красивым. Да, барокко, фрески в стиле Рембрандта, да, строил итальянец для литовского князя, но в целом, содрогания или восхищения не вызывает.... еще и #крипта Радзивиллов закрыта...
Svetlana Savitsky (3 years ago)
Я рада, что посетила крипту.Очень яркие впечатления. Нас бабулька встретила как родных и пожелала здоровья,долгих лет жизни. Рада была видеть семью с тремя детьми и подарила иконки.
Matthew McDonald (4 years ago)
Beautiful early Jesuit church and the oldest baroque structure outside Italy being constructed between 1587 and 1593. A small donation is required to see the crypt underneath that contains the coffins of the Lithuanian house of Radziwill. Taking photos inside is not permitted and there is a small gift shop at the entry.
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