The table-tombs of Dzekonskaya and Gursky in the urban village of Sopotskin
Sculpture, monuments, memorials
Twenty kilometers from Grodno, right at the intersection of borders of the three neighboring countries, there is the beautiful Belarusian town of Sopotskin lost among forests, wonderful rivers and lakes which few people know. The frontier position, first of all, has resulted in the assimilation of cultures, religions, languages. Catholicism coexists with Orthodox Christianity in these places, a Catholic church is found side by side with an Orthodox temple, and street names were duplicated in two languages until quite recently: Belarusian and Polish (now only in Belarusian). This Sopotskin town, lost in the vast expanses of rich in these curiosities of Grodno region rich in these curies, should be known by those who are interested in the history and culture of their native land. And Sopotskin town has much in this regard to surprise and impress a visiting traveler intentionally or accidentally caught in these uncharted lands.
Sopotskin town located near the August Channel has a long and impressive history as its foundation dates back to the times of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Some historians associate the foundation of Sopotskin even with the primitive era. In any case, the location became known in the early XVI century, when Sigismund I granted those lands to his close person Nicholas Sopotko for commendable services (money rewards were not in practice). At the time, the territory of Sopotskin presented wooded and undeveloped spots of land with practically no population. The new owner had to start from scratch. Thus, the homestead Sopotskin appeared there and later gave its name to the glorious town in Grodno region. The town has gone a rather tragic way since its foundation by the Lithuanian duke. After one of the partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Sopotskin came to possession of Prussia, and later became part of the Russian Empire, Poland, and the BSSR.
The table-tombs of Dzekonskaya and Gursky in the urban village of Sopotskin are among the Belarusian attractions and attract tourists coming to these picturesque places lost on the Belarusian map. The tombs are located in the local Catholic cemetery. One of them belongs to Yuliya Dzekonskaya. The building is rectangular designed in Old-Gothic style. On the upper part of the facade, you can see a small tower with a cross, and window openings are arc-shaped. Well-plastered walls were made of rock stone, and the building itself was constructed in the middle of the XIX century.
The table-tomb of Yusef Gursky designed in Neo-Gothic style is also of historical and cultural value because it belongs to the first owner of the Radziwills’ lands and visually differs from the nearby tomb. It was built a little later, presents a rectangle and the upper part of the facade has three towers with crosses.
The table-tombs of Dzekonskaya and Gursky in the urban village of Sopotskin is certainly worth visiting for those who will decide to come to these lands rich in cultural attractions as the small town of Sopotskin will find something to attract attention of experienced tourists.