POLYKOVICHSKAYA SPRING

This is a wonderful spring with a long and rich history. It has been known since the 16th century, when both the spring and the village of Polykovichy belonged to a Mogilev noble man Stepan Kezgailo. The time passed, the owners changed, but the spring giving revitalizing water to the local dwellers remained. It has always been the center of spiritual and cultural life of the near-by villages.

It is considered that first people settled on the territory of Polykovichy before Christ, and the village was first mentioned in chronicles in 1501. The name originated from a word combination meaning «a handful of flax»

Initially owned by Kezgailo, in the 16th century the village became the state property. In the 17th century it was passed into the ownership of Prince Sinitsky. He is believed to have built a very beautiful palace in the village, which, unfortunately, did not survive till present times.

The village of Polykovichy has been famous for its holy spring since ancient times. This fame reached its peak at the beginning of the 19th century, when Earl Rimsky-Korsakov became the owner of the place. A stone grotto was built over the spring and a chapel (of Parasceve —Friday) near it. Thousands of people from Mogilev and other places used to come here on special days when the water considered to be most healing. Cross processions and religious ceremonies took place. These special days were called Polykovichy Fridays. It is believed that some relics of St. Parasceve were brought here from Athos in 1866.

At the turn of the 20th century people believed that every woman or girl living at the distance of 100 kilometers was obliged to visit the spring. Parasceve-Friday was considered to be a domestic goddess, protesters of marriage and family and patroness of women and girls.

There used to be a wooden church near the spring, but it was closed in the 30-s of the 20th century.

After the beginning of the war in 1941, people rebuilt the church, restored it and brought in some icons. There were religious services in the church during all the war. After the war the church was not closed. But at the beginning of the 70-s a fire came and the church burnt.

A new stone church was built here a few years ago. The church was blessed and named after Holy Trinity.

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