Old Slonim 10/2011
Slonim is a town in Grodno Region, Belarus with population about 50 000 people. The first mention of Slonim in scripts appears in 1252 and is considered as a year of foundation. And this is really huge because not a lot of Belarusian places can boast of such distant past. But honestly it’s rather modern soviet town with some old buildings integrations.
1. Central railway station was built in 1922. Appeared in a couple soviet and Belarusian movies.
2. St Andrew’s Church in Slonim built in 1775. During the World War I it was almost destroyed and after the World War II was used as a salt storage. And only in 1993 it was renovated and first religious service was performed.
3. Transfiguration Orthodox Cathedral in Slonim. It was rebuilt from the old (XVIIc) destroyed (XIXc) baroque Lateran church in 1994.
4. Slonim Synagogue. Baroque style building erected in 1642. Very poor condition of the synagogue. It’s very probably that it will stand there until fall down by its own.
5. And just from behind the Synagogue you can find local Slonim market.
6. Town Mansion, as it was in the beginning of the XXc. Now it’s a Post office.
7. Well, one of the numerous Lenin monuments in Belarus. Seems ridiculous still to have it in XXIc.
8. The Lion – symbol of Slonim. That’s not very common for this place.
9. Highly controversial feelings after visiting the town – I was pleased to see old Churches and other interesting buildings but soviet past can not be left in the past, it’s still there.
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