Agrogorodok name day in the Drogichinsky district used to be called Torokan and known in the annals from the beginning of the 16th century. The fame of this place was provided by the monks of the Basilian order, who had a large monastery in these parts, built with the support of Leo Kishka. And not just a large one, but the largest of the Basilian ones on the territory of modern Belarus. At the beginning of the 18th century, with Uniate monastery a stone temple was erected in the Vilna baroque architectural style.

Torokan Basilian Monastery in the village of Imenin
from the site kresypl, zdymak yes 1939

Unfortunately, this unique object has not been preserved, however, only a few buildings remained from the monastery.

Village Imenin

The most curious of which is barn, presumably erected simultaneously with the stone residential building of the monastery (until 1780).

Abandoned monastery in the village of Imenin

On the site of the Basilian church there is a memorial plaque, reminiscent of the fact that the church of St. Josaphat Kuntsevich once stood here (since 1839, the Church of the Epiphany).

Torokan Monastery Belarus

In front of the stone is a stylized three-arch gate, and behind it is a path to the ruins of the temple foundation.

The lost monastery of Basilian Torokansky in the village of Imenin

The foundation of the Torokansky Monastery in the village of Imenin

It is quite possible that the buildings a little further away are the monastery building. According to the location and old pictures - the same.

What is left of the Torokan Monastery in Belarus

What did the monastery look like in the village of Imenin?
zdymak 1935. Oriens. Dwumiesięcznik poświęcony sprawom religijnym wschodu. Styczen – Luty

The religious history of the complex ended in 1897, the buildings dilapidated and gradually collapsed.

In the first half of the 20th century, the residential complex was converted into a local school through the efforts Donat Nowickiwho tried to restore the greatness of this place. At the invitation of this amazing person, even the future Pope Pius XII (* in 1938) came to Torokan.

What remains of the monastery in the village of Imenin

Despite the fact that the temple has long been gone, it was blown up in 1959, catacombs and tens of meters of tunnels remain underground.

Church of Kuntsevich Josaphat Epiphany Church in Name-day
This is how the temple looked from the site kresypl, zdymak yes 1939

The territory of the monastery in the post-war years was used for the needs of the local state farm.

Abandoned barn in the village of Imenin

Former monastery in the village of Imenin

It will not be difficult to find the place where the center of Basilism was located on the territory of Belarus. From the M10 highway, turn onto the H-658 road and move to the agricultural town of Imenin, below is the point with the location of the place on the map:

If you're in the area, I highly recommend visiting Antopol, there you can see several interesting sights at once. In the direction of Drogichin, I advise you to inspect Perkovichi, - the old estate of the Visloukhovs и Assumption Church.

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