Church of Saints Simon and Helena
In contrast to the gray municipal buildings facing Nezalezhnastsi Square (Independence Square), the early 20th century Roman Catholic church is of picturesque and impressive appearance. It is known as "Red Church" because of its red brick walls. Official name of the church is quite rare and, probably, cannot be found elsewhere in the world: St. Simon and St. Helen Church.
This neo-Romanesque church was designed by Polish architects Tomasz Pajzderski and Władysław Marconi, and built during 1905-1910. The bricks for its walls were sourced from Częstochowa, whilst the roof tiles came from Włocławek. Its construction was financed by Edward Woyniłłowicz, a prominent Belarusian civic activist. The church was named and consecrated in memory of Woyniłłowicz's deceased children, Szymon and Helena.
In 1923, the church was sacked by the Red Army and in 1932 it was closed down by the Soviet authorities and transferred to the State Polish Theatre of the BSSR. Before the Second World War, the church was rebuilt into a cinema. In 1941, the German occupation administration returned to building to its original use as a church, but after the war it was again used as a cinema, called the "Soviet Belarus."
In 1990, the building was returned to the Catholic Church. Since then it was renovated, and became an important centre of religious, cultural and social life. It also became a centre for the revived Belarusian Greek Catholic Church.
Mass is celebrated in the church in Belarusian, Polish, Lithuanian, and Latin.
It is not only the Church, but also a great cultural centre. Under the Church there is a theater and a library. Hosts many cultural events.
The legendary red Church. A very attractive place
A very beautiful building. Church of the incumbent. There are excursions.
Public place with lots of tourists. The Church working within the services are held. Convenient transport accessibility. There are quite a lot of places interesting for tourists.
May God bless those that worked hard for this wonderful church to be here.
Amazing architecture and location. Services held in Polish, Belarussian and Russian language. Roman Catholic Church.
Very sad to see the church in the state. The car park runs to the wall edges of the church. Go see it before it's gone!
Construction began in 1905 and finished in 1910. The most famous Catholic Church in Belarus, one of the symbols of Minsk.
In 1923 the Church was looted by the Communists. First, it was the Polish theatre, then a film Studio. After the war there was the Union of cinematographers of the Byelorussian SSR and the House of Cinema.
In 1990 the Church was returned to the Catholic Church.
В 1923 году храм был разграблен коммунистами. Сначала в нем был Польский театр, потом - киностудия. После войны здесь был Союз кинематографистов БССР и Дом Кино.
В 1990 году костел был возвращен Католической церкви.
So lovely wish to attend sunday service here soon
We will be in Minks on July 5, 2015 and would like to attend the Sunday Mass in this church since it's the closest church from our hotel. Could someone let us know the mass schedule on July 5?