Cath. Churchs in the central part of the city is one of the main attractions Oshmyan. The high peaks of the temple can be seen from afar, which serves as an excellent reference point even at the entrance.

Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Oshmyany

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Temple that greets visitors with an inscription Te deum laudamus (translated from Latin "We praise you, Lord"), was built at the beginning of the 20th century.

Church in Oshmyany Te deum laudamus

Previously, on the site of the church was a more ancient temple. The small size of the predecessor could not accommodate all the parishioners, which was one of the main reasons for the expansion and reconstruction of the temple.

What did the church in Oshmyany originally look like?
This is how the Ashmyany church looked like in the middle of the 19th century, drawing from the Globus of Belarus website

Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Oshmyany

Church of St. Michael features of the architectural style neo-baroque. The construction of the church in Oshmyany began in 1900 and was carried out according to the project of the architect Vaclav Mikhnevich until 1910 year.

Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Oshmyany

Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Oshmyany

The Catholic parish was closed 1948 year. Within the walls of the building since 1964 for several decades there was a workshop of the plant.

Church in Oshmyany old photo
1939 (Hyperious Kalektsy Uladzimer Likhadzedau)

During this period, the authentic interior was completely lost, and everything that can be seen today is the merit of the restorers.

Church in Oshmyany photo inside

xWhat does the Oshmyany church look like inside?

Looking into the temple, you will notice a massive wooden cross that has been lying here since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Since the 90s, local Catholics have annually organized a pilgrimage to the Oshmyany “Golgotha”, where they set up similar crosses.

What is the cross in the church of St. Michael the Archangel?

Photo of the church in Oshmyany inside

The temple was returned to believers in 1989 and its restoration began almost immediately.

Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Oshmyany

Thanks to the efforts of the inhabitants of the city, the church opened its doors in 1994 and found a new life. The temple is easy to find, it is located on square 17 September, Near Resurrection Church.

Ashmyany is a very interesting city with a lot to see. Not far from the center preserved authentic synagogue from 1912. A little closer to the edge - ruins of the Franciscan churchand also in the suburbs Budenovka- Strugachi wooden manor.

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