Architecture of Belarus
All Saint's Church in Minsk
Belarus's architectural history is scant at best. As
a periphery land to many foreign occupiers and kingdoms, Belarus has rarely been
the recipient of great wealth or the ability to build lavish buildings in the style
of choice for much of Europe. For these reasons, most of
Belarus's historical architecture was domestic/home architecture, which was
rarely built to last or was church architecture.
Much of the church architecture in Belarus is similar to
either Russian or Polish churches,
based upon when they were built and for whom they were built. The Russian styled
churches are generally Eastern Orthodox and are a distant relative to the early
Byzantine churches from Constantinople (modern day Istanbul). The Polish styled
churches tend to be more Central European and vary from style to style based upon
when they were built. These churches can be found throughout the country, but many
were destroyed during World War II.