The Church of Sts.Peter and Paul in the village of Valevka

The Church of Sts.Peter and Paul in the village of Valevka


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Every region of Belarus consists of numerous villages and small settlements. It seems that almost all of them do not differ greatly from each other, only in size and name. However, it is not so, because it is safe to say that every village, even the smallest one, has preserved on its territory a unique architectural gem. Many of them, by the way, are considered a real national heritage.

The locals of Valevka village that is in Grodno region are very proud of their attraction. Maybe the beauty of the Orthodox Church of Sts. Peter and Paul concedes to the largest ancient capital temples, but the history of creation and development of the local church is not less interesting. In addition to the extant church, Valevka is also famous for a site found on its territory and dating back to the Mesolithic.  Besides that, there is a local history museum in the local school, where you can find out many interesting and captivating facts about the history of this place and about people who lived there in different times.  

In 1685, Brest voivode Stefan Kurcha decided to build in that district a church and consecrate it in honor of Apostles Peter and Paul. In 1736, restoration works were carried out in the church, in the result of which the appearance of the Orthodox Shrine was improved. However, the church had not been a refuge for Orthodox believers for long, soon it was passed to the Greek Catholics. The temple had such a status until 1830. A belfry was attached to the wooden church in the first half of the 20th century. Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church has a unique and very valuable thing – the iconostasis which was painted by the famous Russian artist Vasnetsov. That church plate was specially brought from Warsaw St. Alexander Nevsky’s Cathedral in the 1920-ies. By the way, the Orthodox parish of that region included about 14 churches in the late 19thcentury.  

This wooden iconostasis, besides its unique creation, is adorned with openwork carving and gilding. The temple is relatively small, has a rectangular shape. The whole structure is made in the style of typical Belarusian architecture. The main facade is made in blue and green colors and the main decoration of the external appearance is massive domes and several images of saints on a three-naved apse. A small wooden fence surrounds the church.

It is not surprisingly, that the locals of Valevka village think this temple is a real unique place where you can feel the unity with God, where you can find peace and tranquility, but also to pray or to light a candle. By the way, the fact that the temple is still working is quite amazing. A small number of wooden Orthodox or Catholic architecture has been preserved since the 18th century, because fires and Soviet power had a negative impact on the preservation of national cultural heritage of Belarusians. Therefore, the wooden Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in the village of Valevka is regarded as a living embodiment of Belarusian architecture of the 18-19th centuries, which you can admire endlessly.



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