urban settlement Sopotskin is located in the Grodno region, on the very border Belarus with Lithuania and Poland. The history of the town is rich and eventful, of course there are worthy sights among which Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.

Church in the urban village of Sopotskin, Grodno region

The stone temple was built at the end of the 18th century, in those days Sopotskin was called Teolin. However, the fate of this church is rather confusing and full of gaps.

Kascel Unebaўzyatsya Holy Dzeva Mary and St. Iasafat Kuntsevich in Sapotskine

Apparently, in the second half of the 19th century, the Catholic church was closed, and a little later it was transferred to the ownership of the women's Orthodox monastery.

Temple in the village of Sopotskin

It was returned to the Catholics only in 1916, then, already before the start of the Second World War, the temple was either thoroughly rebuilt or completely dismantled. So in the book of Fedoruk "Ancient estates of the Grodno region" it is mentioned that the owner of these lands - Peter Gursky sponsored the construction of a new church in Sopotskin. Therefore, it is quite possible that the temple was still completely rebuilt.

Architecture of Belarus: church in Sopotskin

The Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary acquired its current appearance, which can be seen today, in the 80s of the last century. It was during this period that the towers were restored. Architecture is also full of controversy. The original version had a baroque architecture, and after the reconstruction, the building was more of a classicist style, and now it is more of an eclectic style.

Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Josaphat Kuntsevych

An interesting point concerns the three-arched gate, which has remained unchanged since the end of the 19th century.

Brama of Sopotskin church

To the left of the entrance to the temple is a small ossuary.

Ossuary Sopotskin

The church occupies a dominant position in the development of the urban village and is clearly visible even at the entrance. Below is a point with a mark on the map:

In Sopotskin it will also be interesting to visit the ancient cemetery with two tomb chapels. There is also a unique Pysanka museum in the village.

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