The Palace of Archbishop Konissky in Mogilev

Mogilev

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One of the numerous architectural monuments of Mogilev, of which not only the ancient town but also the whole Belarusian land are proud of, is the Palace of Archbishop Konissky in Mogilev that still functions perfectly and is located between the Red Star and the flowery town street of Lenin.

The grandiose building, on which the famous architect Glaubitz was at work for over twenty years, appeared on the map of the town towards the late XVIII century. The palace originally belonged to George Konissky – the most prominent Orthodox figure who opposed the oppression of the Orthodox citizens of the once mighty state even in the time of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. After one of the partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Mogilev became part of the Russian Empire, where George Konissky took an honorable place in the Mogilev diocese. In the tsarist Russia, his name was highly respected. After numerous Uniate parishioners were allowed to convert to the Orthodox Church, the diocese of Konissky with lightning speed was added to due to new members. George Konissky was an outstanding personality in those days, because he was recognized as an Orthodox preacher and philosopher, writer and theologian. During the long period of his eventful life, he actively defended Orthodox believers not only in the Russian Empire but also far beyond its borders, helped the weak, the poor and disadvantaged, was actively engaged in educational activities, denounced serfdom and other injustices, always fought for the rights and freedoms of the common man.

Now the palace complex presents one of the buildings of the once large complex with a nearby fence and a massive gate displaying characteristics of Baroque style. The majestic palace is not empty, it hosts the  famous town Museum of Mogilev History that is regularly visited by tourist groups from all over Belarus. In times gone by, the palace was located deep inside the territory; there were constructed cozy cells near it. The palace presented a rectangle with the characteristic small projections at the corners. Originally, the building housed a large number of dwelling rooms, among which the main place was given to a spacious audience room. A private room of Georgy Konissky and extensive library were placed just above. There were mainly small rooms on the third floor. They likely were rooms for servants and numerous visitors of the Orthodox preacher. There is a plaque on the building now. It states that once the prominent Orthodox figure of Mogilev George Konissky lived and worked there. Opposite the palace, there is a massive cross recently installed showing that George Konissky was canonized.

The Palace of Archbishop Konissky in Mogilev is of interest to many tourists not only as a splendid monument that has survived from the hoary depths of the XVIII century, but also as a wonderful museum telling the history of the town since its foundation.

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