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Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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St. Roch's Church, author: Iwona Gudzak
Churches
Catholic churches in Białystok (with the imposing modern St. Roch's and the 17th century church with its neo-gothic addition the cathedral).

On the other side of Liniarskiego street stands the St Nicholas the Miracle-worker Orthodox church, built in the years 1843 - 1846. The building is a classicist construction, erected on the plane of a Greek cross. The roof is topped with a dome which is slightly shorter than the bell tower with seven bells, located above the galilee. The relatively small interior can house just over 600 people. It was ornamented with polychrome in 1910 by Michal Anilov who followed the motives of the frescoes by Vasnietzov from the Validimirian Cathedral in Kiev. The ceiling of the dome presents Christ the Omnipotent, the Holy Mary and John the Baptist and below - the twelve apostles, prophets - kings and four Evangelists. The iconostasis dates back to 1844 and consists mainly of icons painted the Malachov - among which are the tonda, or round icons, portraying Evangelists, orthodox holidays and the scene of The Annunciation. By the tsarist portal hang paintings of Jesus Christ and the Enthroned Madonna, by the diaconal - paintings of the archangels Michael and Gabriel.

As in many Orthodox churches, this one also has the so called lower church, designed by Michal Bałasz and constructed in 1959. From 1959 St. Nicholas's Orthodox church has played the role of a cathedral and since 1994 it has been the Orthodox Army Church of the Polish Army. Next to the church is the seat of the Orthodox administration of the Białystok and Gdańsk diocese, the Centre of Orthodox Culture and the Department of Orthodox Theology of the University of Białystok.


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