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The Most Holy Theotokos of Barkalabovsk
Икона Пресвятой Богородицы «Барколабовская»
Presented by
International Coin House AG
Nominal value
500 belorussian rubles
500 g
135 x 90 mm, rectangular
500 g
500 pcs.
Production quality
Proof with gold plating
Svetlana Zaskevich
B.H. Mayer Mint (Germany)
Description of obverse and reverse
Reverse: Engraved image of the Mother Mary with the Child, gold plating crowns and ornaments on the background. Inscription: “Barkalabovskaya” (in Belorussian). Obverse: Stylised design of a cross, surrounded by traditional ornaments, coat of arms of the Republic of Belarus, inscriptions in Belorussian language “Republic of Belarus”, “500 roubles” and “2012”, and the hallmark – Ag 925”.
A brief annotation
The Barkolabovskaya Theotokos was initially kept in Barkolabovsky St. John the Baptist (Voznesensky) Convent, located 8 kilometers north of Bykhov on the right bank of the Dnieper, which was founded in 1623 by Bogdan Stetkevich. According to legend, the icon was brought to the Convent on July 11, 1659 by some “Prince of Russian warriors” Pozharsky who gave it to the abbess Photinaya. In 1882 the Voznesenskaya Church of the Barkolabovsky Convent burned down but the miraculous icon was saved fr om the fire. During the Great Patriotic War the icon was kept by nuns in the closed Barkolabovsky Convent. According to other sources, it was kept in the chapel at the railway station Bykhov. In 1953 before the Easter the miracle-working icon was brought to the Trinity Church of Bykhov and placed in a special icon-case wh ere it is stored until now.
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