Zhyrovichy - is a village of Slonim district, Grodno region of Belarus. The main attraction of the village Zhyrovichy is a complex of buildings male Holy Assumption Orthodox monastery, which was founded here in 1470. Nowadays, the monastery is also one of the largest seminaries in Belarus. Monastery in the village Zhyrovichy is one of the most visited and revered monasteries across Belarus. In this monastery, in the main Holy Assumption Cathedral kept holy miracle-working icon of Zhyrovichy Mother of God. According to legend, the icon miraculously manifested on a rock. It happened at the place where now stands the monastery.

The monastery complex in the village Zhyrovichy very old and is a very important historical and cultural values and features of Belarus, so it is very popular not only among the Orthodox Christians, but also among the representatives of other Christian denominations. Monastery in the village Zhyrovichy always filled with pilgrims, tourists and travelers. Just note that for the tourists in the village Zhyrovichy the necessary infrastructure, there are also shops, and ATMs, and parking and much more. Inside the monastery itself operates a small dining room (the refectory) where you can enjoy a meal monastery. Also in a monastery in the village Zhyrovichy are several church and souvenir retail shops.

Briefly describe the history of the monastery in the village of Zhyrovichy. So, it was founded in 1470 at the same place where in the same year, according to legend, it was revealed Zhyrovichy icon of the Mother of God. Until 1609 the monastery was Orthodox. Then, in 1613, the monastery was transferred to the Uniate order of Basilian. The original buildings of the monastery were wooden. A major fire occurred in the monastery in 1655. After that the monastery rebuilt already largely made of stone. In 1839 the monastery became again Orthodox. In 1921, when the village Zhyrovichy was a part of Poland, for the monastery began a period of relative decline. Continuing this period and during the Second World War and after the establishment of Soviet power here.

However, despite this, the monastery functioned continuously even during the 20th century. In addition, during the Soviet period in the monastery they found shelter monks and nuns from many other Belarusian monasteries, at the time, until they were closed. In the early 1990s, the monastery was re-grow and develop. At the moment he is one of the most actively functioning monasteries in Belarus. All architectural monuments belonging to the monastery in the village of Zhyrovichy recently, were also perfectly restored, and today are in excellent condition. Throughout its history, and up to this time the male Zhyrovichy Monastery was and remains one of the major religious and cultural centers of Belarus.

At the monastery in the village of Zhyrovichy has three temples. Firstly, it is the center and the main temple of the monastery - the Holy Assumption Cathedral, which was built in 1613-1650 years. This temple is very impressive dimensions and memorable appearance. The cathedral was significantly rebuilt in 1839, so its appearance is not too well reflects its age. Therefore, pay special attention to how ancient this magnificent temple.

Zhyrovichy

Zhyrovichy

Zhyrovichy

Zhyrovichy

Zhyrovichy

The second temple in the village Zhyrovichy is the church of God Apparitions, built in 1796 (on the following picture on the left and center). The third temple is the church of the Holy Cross, built in 1769 (the next photo on the right). This church is very unique. The fact that it is designed so that the entrance and to the altar lying wide staircase. In this temple made to slowly climb the stairs, stopping at each step to pray. All the temples and churches of the monastery in the village Zhyrovichy, of course, are important architectural monuments of his time, valuable objects of historical and cultural heritage, and prominent landmarks.

Zhyrovichy

Zhyrovichy

The complex of buildings of the monastery in the village Zhyrovichy includes many more facilities which were mostly built in the 17-18 centuries. Among these buildings there seminary building, residential housing for the monks and seminarians, outbuildings and more. Particularly noteworthy is a small chapel located in the courtyard of the monastery in the village Zhyrovichy (on the following picture on the left). Going to the chapel, you can drink holy water. Although the monastery complex in the village Zhyrovichy these buildings are of secondary importance, yet they are important architectural monuments and landmarks.

Zhyrovichy

Zhyrovichy

Outside the main territory of the monastery in the village Zhyrovichy located a few objects that although there are separate yet related to the monastery. First of all, it is the bell tower, built in 1828 in front of the main cathedral of the monastery (the next photo on the left). The bell tower in the village Zhyrovichy be performed under the church and the monastery, it is more not only like a bell tower as another separate temple. Belfry made on such a scale is a very unique attraction of Belarus.

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In the village Zhyrovichy there are two saints source. Both are, of course, belong to the monastery. Next to each of the sources of the newly built small temples. The area around the holy springs in the village Zhyrovichy nicely landscaped. Organized place where you can comfortably collect holy water fonts are also constructed. Moreover, near the springs operate retail shops where you can buy church utensils, souvenirs or some food.

Zhyrovichy

There in the village Zhyrovichy and another small attraction - the wooden church of St. George, built in the 18th century. This church is located outside the territory of the monastery in the village Zhyrovichy, but refers to it. Since Belarus is not kept so many wooden churches of the 18th century, this church is one of the remaining is an important object of historical and cultural heritage, architectural monuments and sights of the village Zhyrovichy and Belarus as a whole. Church of St. George in the village Zhyrovichy located on a high hill. From this hill offers a beautiful view to the monastery.

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Zhyrovichy

Zhyrovichy

Zhyrovichy

 

Sketches of Napoleon Orda, Zhyrovichy:

Sketches of Napoleon Orda, Zhyrovichy