St. Nicholas Monastery

Mahiljou, Belarus

St. Nicholas Monastery Complex is situated in the Dnieper river valley, in a fenced territory. It consists of a number of stone buildings: the St. Nicholas and St. Onuphry Churches, a dwelling house (a hospital), a belfry and a fence with an entrance gate.

The stone building of the St. Nicholas Church was erected on the place of a wooden church from 1669 to 1672. The church is a three-nave cross-dome basilica with an octahedral light tambour and a large bulbous cupola over the middle part of the church. The dominant architectural feature of the church was a two-tower main facade with a figured pediment decorated with a set of diversiform tiered bays.

At present the complex is an active monastery. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2004.



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Founded: 1669
Category: Religious sites in Belarus


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Vladimir Belius (15 months ago)
Лично я считаю,что монастырь очень знаковое, намоленое место на Нашей земле для православного человека. Ощущения неописуемые. В осровном храме очень красивый алтарь, много мощей различных святых, чудотворная икона и много всего красивого и душевного. В монастыре служат 11 монахинь , всегда ответят на интересующие Вас вопросы. Территория чистая и аккуратная. Рекомендую всем посетить это место.
Аня Лосенкова (16 months ago)
Ходили на крещение за водичкой,так хорошо,душа отдыхает
Олька Комок (16 months ago)
Очень красивый монастырь, стоит посетить.
Lisa SuNny (2 years ago)
Прекрасный монастырь, достаточно благодатное место. Есть прекрасный большой храм св. Николая Чудотворца с красивым и огромным иконостасом.
Al Lisa (2 years ago)
душевное место и спокойное.Здесь всегда особенная атмосфера, много цветов в клумбах и наполненная тишина. Расположена недалеко от Днепра, с пл.Орджоникидзе можно спуститься по лестниц.Рядом с собором расположена усыпальница, в которой погребены останки людей, погибших и погребенных на монастырской территории в 1930–1940-х годах. На территории монастыря погребены архиепископ Могилевский и Мстиславский Максим († 27 февраля 2002) и игуменья Евгения (Волощук; † 26 июля 2009).
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Since Duke Mislav of the Duchy of Croatia made Klis Fortress the seat of his throne in the middle of the 9th century, the fortress served as the seat of many Croatia"s rulers. The reign of his successor, Duke Trpimir I, the founder of the Croatian royal House of Trpimirović, is significant for spreading Christianity in the Duchy of Croatia. He largely expanded the Klis Fortress, and in Rižinice, in the valley under the fortress, he built a church and the first Benedictine monastery in Croatia. During the reign of the first Croatian king, Tomislav, Klis and Biograd na Moru were his chief residences.

In March 1242 at Klis Fortress, Tatars who were a constituent segment of the Mongol army under the leadership of Kadan suffered a major defeat while in pursuit of the Hungarian army led by King Béla IV. After their defeat by Croatian forces, the Mongols retreated, and Béla IV rewarded many Croatian towns and nobles with 'substantial riches'. During the Late Middle Ages, the fortress was governed by Croatian nobility, amongst whom Paul I Šubić of Bribir was the most significant. During his reign, the House of Šubić controlled most of modern-day Croatia and Bosnia. Excluding the brief possession by the forces of Bosnian King, Tvrtko I, the fortress remained in Hungaro-Croatian hands for the next several hundred years, until the 16th century.

Klis Fortress is probably best known for its defense against the Ottoman invasion of Europe in the early 16th century. Croatian captain Petar Kružić led the defense of the fortress against a Turkish invasion and siege that lasted for more than two and a half decades. During this defense, as Kružić and his soldiers fought without allies against the Turks, the military faction of Uskoks was formed, which later became famous as an elite Croatian militant sect. Ultimately, the defenders were defeated and the fortress was occupied by the Ottomans in 1537. After more than a century under Ottoman rule, in 1669, Klis Fortress was besieged and seized by the Republic of Venice, thus moving the border between Christian and Muslim Europe further east and helping to contribute to the decline of the Ottoman Empire. The Venetians restored and enlarged the fortress, but it was taken by the Austrians after Napoleon extinguished the republic itself in 1797. Today, Klis Fortress contains a museum where visitors to this historic military structure can see an array of arms, armor, and traditional uniforms.