Ruzhany well known for their main attraction - Sapieha Palace, however, there are enough other interesting objects in the urban village. For example, not far from the historical center there is a small Church of Saint Casimir, which was built at the end of the 18th century with basilian monastery.

Church of St. Casimir in Ruzhany

The then owner Ruzhan had a hand in the construction of this chapel - Alexander Mikhail Sapieha, and the building was designed by his favorite architect, Jan Samuel Becker. The result is a compact rectangular church with features of classicism architecture, dominated by a massive portico of the Doric order with four columns.

Chapel in Ruzhany

Curious is the fact that the church was built not as a Sapieha family tomb, but probably as a “storage” for the relics of King Kazimir (by the way, it is he who is depicted on the coat of arms of Ruzhany). It is believed that the relics of this Saint had miraculous properties, so Alexander Sapega decided to equip a separate temple for such a relic.

An old photograph of a chapel in Ruzhany
zdymak 1919, roof: Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe

Around the ancient chapel there is a large Catholic cemetery, some burials here date back to the end of the 19th - the first half of the 20th century.

Old graves in Ruzhany

Ruzhany old cemetery

Cemetery in Ruzhany

In the early spring of 2023, the Church of St. Casimir began to be restored. Prior to this, the chapel stood abandoned for many years.

Church in Ruzhany at the cemetery

The temple is located at the local cemetery, from the center you need to move to Krasnoarmeyskaya Street and keep to the left, below is the point with the location on the map:

In Ruzhany it is worth seeing synagogue ruins и Trinity Church. I also recommend visiting Derechin, where one of the main residences of Sapieha was located on the territory of Belarus.

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