Belarusian Church to be Built In London This Year


The Greek Catholic Church of St. Cyril of Turau and All Saint Guardians of Belarusian people will be built this year in London near the famous Skaryna library in London.

A cornerstone of the church will be laid on 7 February in London with participation of the head of the Greek Catholic diocese of the Holy Family Bishop Hleb Lonchyna and the Apostolic nuncio to Great Britain Antonio Mennini. This was reported to “Nasha Niva” by a London Greek Catholic priest f. Syarhey Stasevich.

The projects combines elements of a modern architecture and traditional architecture of Belarusian churches. It was created by a young London architector of a Chibese origin Raphael So, a parishioner of the Belarusian Greek Catholic Church.

The construction is planned to be ended this autumn.

The Belarusian Greek Catholic parish exists in London for ca 70 years. Cheslau Sipovich, the first Greek Catholic bishop after the liquidation of the Unia, and Aliaksandr Nadsan, an enlightener, scientist and translator, who died last year, served in this parish. Belarusian Greek Catholic priests in London founded Skaryna library, the largest Belarusian library outside Belarus.