St. Anne’s Church in the village of Mosar
If you are going to visit the north of Belarus, you should definitely stop by the Church of St. Anne in the village of Mosar. The church was built in 1792 at the expense of the Brzostowski family, Robert and Anna, the owners of the village at the time and the surrounding land. It was consecrated in the name of St. Anne, the patron saint of Anna of Brzostowski. St. Anne is the mother of the Virgin Mary, a highly respected saint among Christians.
Throughout its existence, the church has remained active, even during the Soviet years. The biggest shrine of the church is a piece of relics of St. Justin, a personal gift from Pope Benedict XIV. It is a special saint, a martyr from the cohort of early Christians.
The priest Juozas Bulka (1925-2010) became abbot of St. Anna Church in 1989. His name is associated not only with reconstruction of the church and its buildings (bell tower, chapel, brick wall), but also with revival of life in the village.
In the area around the church, thanks to help of abbot Juozas Bulka and volunteers, great park with many plants was laid out. Also, artificial lakes and small architectural forms were created in the park, garden sculptures of religious content were installed, alleys and walkways paved with shaped tiles were created. All that was done so magnificently that it made the church in Mosar famous as the “Belarusian Versailles”.
The church in Mosar, which is shrouded in the spirit of Belarusian architecture, attracts many tourists and presents an opportunity to experience a true holiday in Belarus.