Kokorichi

THE GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION

Village Kokorichi refers to Kopylsky district, Minsk region. Together with seventeen villages it is included in Poteikovsky village Council.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The village name Kokorichi is inextricably linked to the estate of the Radziwills, the construction of which took place here in the middle of the nineteenth century. The estate was owned by members of the family of Pashkevich after the famous family Radziwill.

THE POPULATION

Currently (according to the census of January 1, 2016) the village of Kokorichi was home to 42 people, and had 27 yards.

ATTRACTIONS

Village Kokorichi is rightly included in the list of historical places most often visited by tourists in the Minsk region. Architectural monuments of the mid-nineteenth century that can be seen in this village are a valuable cultural heritage of Belarus.

The estate of the Radziwills-Pashkevich has survived. Visitors to the historic places, like in the middle of the XIX century, meet the gate, which constitute two white six-foot pylons. The entrance gate called beautiful Belarusian word "Brama" in written sources.

Outbuildings of the estate have been preserved there up to our days. One of them was a barn, a cattle was kept in another. Common features for these buildings are high basement, which is lined with boulders. The roofs of buildings and slate boards are made of wood. After the estate has ceased to belong to the last owners, the old farm buildings were converted: they had windows and doors, the building of the new time was erected next to them.

Among the buildings, the so-called "ice-place", which is a cellar, also survived. Its walls are lined with boulders in combination with brickwork.

The manor house had two floors. The wooden building had two porches on the facades on both sides. There has been preserved only the foundation of the house till nowadays. It was located in the courtyard of the estate. A lawn and a small pond with a clay bottom and islets were near the house. The pond is currently almost trivial.

Special attention of historians is attracted to the park around the estate of Pashkevich. The age-old poplars and hornbeams have witnessed a large number of historical events that befell the Belarusian noble family of Pashkevich.

No less interesting is the history of St. George Church, a wooden building which has functioned near the village cemetery in the second half of the nineteenth century. The building was on fire and burned to the ground in 1930. Arson committed by a local resident, known among the villagers for his atheistic views and a fondness for alcohol. When the villagers came to remove the ashes, they found two large Church candles, the wax of which merged and resembled a disfigured woman's face. The Church was never restored, the believers began to visit Kopylskaya, Slutskaya and Timkovichskaya Churches. Soon the daughter of the drunkard, who torched the Church, was ill. Her nose and lips were affected by the plagues, and eventually the girl's face began to resemble a piece of wax found in the ashes of the Church.

A wooden cross with the image of the Virgin is set in place of the burnt Church in our time. And next to the old cross was put by the villagers. It was forged from strips of one-centimeter-thick metal in the early twentieth century. This cross once was crowned with St. George's Church.

 

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