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Saint Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk
Софийский собор. Полоцк
Presented by
National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
Nominal value
20 rubles
Silver 925°
Production quality
Obverse: Svetlana Zaskevich (Republic of Belarus), Reverse: Oxana Novoselova (Republic of Belarus)
Mint of Poland
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: in the center there is a relief image of the state coat of arms of the Republic of Belarus, around there is an inscription: “РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ” (Republic of Belarus); denomination: “ДВАЦЦАЦЬ РУБЛЁЎ” (20 Rubles); the year of coinage is on the left; the alloy sample is below. 

Reverse: in the center there is a relief image of St. Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk; on the left there is an image of seals with dates: XI, XVIII centuries and inscriptions: “САФІЙСКІ САБОР, ПОЛАЦК” (St. Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk), “ПОМНІКІ АРХІТЭКТУРЫ БЕЛАРУСІ” (Architectural heritage of Belarus).
A brief annotation
In 2018 a continuation of the series of coins “Architectural heritage of Belarus”, commemorative coins “St. Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk” are issued. 

St. Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk is an architectural monument of XI-XVIII centuries, the very first stone building in Belarus. 

Built in the middle of the XI century in the Byzantine style, the cathedral was consecrated in the name of St. Sophia. Until now, St. Sophia Cathedral has been preserved in a significantly modified form and was finally rebuilt in the XVIII century in the style of the Vilna Baroque. In this form it has survived to our time. The Cathedral is part of the Polotsk historical and cultural Museum-Reserve. 

This cathedral belongs to the “0” category of objects of the State list of historical and cultural values.
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№ 4(65) 2023
№ 4(65) 2023
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