The Church of St. Nicholas in Svir

By the side of a small lake Svir in Myadel district, Minsk region, a cozy township of the same name Svir welcomes its guests. According to myths and legends, the place was founded by the Prince of Pskov Dovmont in the 13th century on the site of Perun pagan temple. According to official data, the creation of the town refers to 14-16 century, when it was owned by Prince Sivirsky who built there a rich residence.

It is not for nothing  many tourists from all over  the world show great interest in this small town. Belarusian historians who study the history of Radzivills in the 17th-18th centuries are also interested in Svir. It is through this, Svir is a frequently visited historical site for tourists and tour urban settlement in the Minsk region nowadays. It is worth visiting the typical ancient buildings that survived to the present day almost in its original form, as well as the wooden church of the 19th century and, of course, the Church of St. Nicholas, built in 1909.

This temple, by the way, was built a few centuries ago, in the middle of the 17th century, but in the 20th century it was rebuilt. The only thing that architects and builders could save is four baroque altars, which were specially carved out of wood.

The temple is a classic example of a retrospective style, which was quite common in the 20th century. This is evidenced by the presence of a three-nave composition with a little bit heighten central nave. Retrospective style implies the arrangement of all the architectural millworks on the main facade, which can be traced in the look of the building. On the main street of Svir there is a four-tiered tower, located not far from the church which complements the whole image together with the Catholic shrine.

However, an architect with sophisticated view can easily notice a mixture of several styles in the church building. The interior of interior decoration has a Baroque shade: here there are magnificent moldings, carved altar made of wood and, of course, the frescoes. From any place of Svir village you can see a bell tower, which is topped with a figured dome.

This is the appearance of a modern building of the church and we can only guess how it looked like at the beginning of the 17th century.  One can admire an old, preserved building only by looking at a side chapel. But such large-scale reconstructions of the temple in 1961 did not prevent the shrine to remain the main place of confession for Catholics. In the second half of the 20th century in the church building there was a workshop, which produced license plates. Only in 1990 the building again became a part of the religious life of Catholics and a little later here constant church services were held.

Now the territory of ​​the church is surrounded by a stone wall, and in the chapel every visitor can see and touch the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Now the temple is in the state list of historical and cultural properties of the Republic of Belarus.