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Inside the church of St. Simon and St. Helen on Independence Square in Minsk. 
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Inside the church of St. Simon and St. Helen on Independence Square in Minsk.

"Church of Saints Simon and Helen (Belarusian: Касцёл святых Сымона і Алены) also known as the Red Church (Чырвоны касцёл) is a Roman Catholic church on Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus.

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 1903, about 2,000 Minsk's Catholics wrote a petition to local authorities asking for a site to start building new catholic church. This request was satisfied, and construction started in 1905. The church was consecrated on September 20, 1910. On December 21, 1910, the church was opened. In 1923, the church was robbed 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." (Text from Wikipedia).

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The crib in the Red Church in MinskThe crib in the Red Church in Minsk
Inside the Romanesque church of Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio in the Tre Fontane Abbey in Rome. 
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Inside the Romanesque church of Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio in the Tre Fontane Abbey in Rome.

"Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio alle Tre Fontane is (together with Santa Maria Scala Coeli and San Paolo alle Tre Fontane) one of three churches at the site of St Paul's martyrdom. It is an abbey church dedicated to St Vincent and St Anastasius.

The first church here was probably built by Pope Honorius I c. 625, and served by Greek monks. The present Romanesque church was probably built by Pope Innocent II (1130-1143, and then included in the monastery the Cistercians built at the site in 1221. The monastery and church now belongs to the Trappists. [...]

There is not much decoration, as is customary for Cistercian churches in the Romanesque style. Fragments of frescoes from the 15th century survive, and the windows are the original 12th century ones. There are seven altars in the church, and among the saints interred in them are the titular saints. It is also said that St Zeno's is interred here, but his remains are known to have been moved from Santa Maria Scala Coeli to Santa Prassede in the 9th century. It is not unlikely that a smaller relic of St Zeno is preserved in one of the altars." (From the Churches of Rome Wiki, CC-BY-SA).

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