Varona

Varona is the village of Astravyets district, Grodno region of Belarus. In the fifteenth century Varona village was called Varniany as those Varniany that are a few kilometers from the modern Varona. Only since the middle of the XVII century, this village was fixed for the current name Varona. Of course, now all the word "varona" (crow) is associated only with the bird, but apparently the name of the village has nothing to do with birds, and comes from the word "vorny" (arable). It means that there was a lot of cropland, where it was possible to plow and sow. Also possibly the name of this village comes from the word "varouny", which means "guard".

Varona

Varona

Apparently, in the end of the sixteenth or early seventeenth century in the Varona village brick Calvinist collection was built, accurate information about the circumstances of its construction hasn’t been preserved, in particular because of the confusion in names. Later, in the 1680s this church was consecrated in the church of St. George the Bishop of Vilna, but the look of the old Protestant temple is guessed until now. In Soviet times, the church in the Varona village was destroyed, leaving only the walls. Now the church of St. George renovated from the outside - restoration work continues inside. The church of St. George was very rich, it owned a lot of land in the vicinity of the Varona, and there was a watermill on the lake once, which also belonged to the church. But the mill wheel no longer spines, left only stones.