The unofficial capital of Polissya, Pinsk, rich in sights and history, after all, it was founded back in 1097 year. This city is famous for its architecture and central pedestrian street. There are several buildings that can be safely called visiting cards. tourist Pinsk, among which Jesuit Collegium.

Sights of Pinsk Jesuit Collegium

The first Jesuits arrived in Pinsk in 1630 year, at the invitation of a local nobleman Yelskywho donated his house as a monk. A few years later, thanks to a large donation from the Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the construction of a stone monastery and church began.

Jesuit collegium of the middle of the 17th century in Pinsk

Jesuit collegium of the middle of the 17th century in Pinsk

By the end of 1640, work was completed on Jesuit Church of St. Stanislaus (this temple was considered the largest in the GDL). The construction of the Collegium itself, which can still be seen today, was completed in 1675 year.

old photo of Pinsk, where you can see the church
old photo of Pinsk, where you can see the church. Source: Globus of Belarus

Architecture of the Jesuit Collegium

Monastery is a three-story building, shaped like the letter “G”, with an unusual roof and an attic floor. Collegium built in architecture renaissance, but with clear dominance baroque. The current look has all the features of just the same baroque style: a gable roof, decorative baroque ends with a figured pediment, and plasticity of forms. The little that is often attributed to the architecture of the Renaissance, rather concerned the interior decoration and foundations, maybe window openings. The building has a long history, after all.

Jesuit Collegium in Pinsk

Also, historians were able to establish that the first floors were built a little earlier than the third, even visually they are slightly different.

Collegium of the Jesuits in Pinsk night photos

Pinsk night photos

Sights of Pinsk night photos

At the end of the 18th century, when the Jesuit order was abolished, the walls of the Pinsk Collegium housed first a Uniate and then an Orthodox monastery. Catholic Jesuits return to Pinsk only after 220 years, in 1918 year, but as you know, not for long.

old photo of Pinsk, where you can see the church
old photo of Pinsk, early 20th century. Source: Globus of Belarus

Jesuit collegium of the middle of the 17th century in Pinsk

Since 1939, various administrations and institutions have been housed within the walls of the former Jesuit monastery. During the war, the church, collegium and shopping malls were badly damaged, so the local authorities planned to simply demolish them. Paradoxically, the Pinsk collegium survived only thanks to the unwillingness to relocate many employees of organizations that were in this building. Much less fortunate was the church that was blown up in 1950 year, now in its place is a “beautiful” tiled Lenin Square.

Lenin Square in Pinsk

Since 1953, the Collegium of Pinsk has acquired the status historical heritage of Belarus. Since 1980 the building has been transferred Museum of Belarusian Polissyawhich is still in operation today. (Working hours: from 10 to 18, Monday and Tuesday - days off).

Jesuit collegium of the middle of the 17th century in Pinsk

Jesuit collegium of the middle of the 17th century in Pinsk

The Collegium is located in the heart of the city on the banks of the Pina River. It will not be difficult to find it, besides, many hiking trails to the sights of Pinsk start from here.

When you are in these places, be sure to visit Franciscan monastery и Palace of Butrimovich.

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