Polotsk mazes

More than a thousand meetings in Belarus and abroad Vladimir Orlov spent the last ten years. Notes from readers filled several inbox. Now timeless and topical, naive and cunning, private and philosophical questions to the writer — in the air and on the website of "Freedom" in the program "As long as the arrow flies."

Mr. Vladimir, whether you believe in the reality of the underground labyrinth of Polotsk? If they do exist, is there any hope that they finally manage to find?

Sergei Solodkiy

Ayabirynt can be considered a landmark to the Belarusian culture. Ancestors saved in storage and not available to the material and spiritual treasures — not just national relics, but also the language, customs, and memory. The current government also drives our culture into prison and condemned to the best of its manifestation in two legal existence.

Its a fantastic story, which shows the Belarusian civilization since ancient times, hidden from the invaders in Polotsk moves, Vaclav Lastouski accidental called — "Labyrinth."

I polochanin, and now can not stand to read these words: "They say that under the Upper Castle, the grave of unknown master, there are warehouses with great wealth. Said bypassing the vast tomb, to the right, there is a stone walkway sixty paces long, and through vhoditstsa in his refuge with old books … Zlozhany books forged silver boxes in the middle covered with leather. prakavechnay With this book there is a move in skarbets … "

Fantasy fiction, but the presence of a medieval Polotsk many beds — a historical fact.

In 1864, they investigated the Russian traveler, artist and archaeologist Dmitri Strukov. Plan drawn up by the Polotsk underground passages stored in the library of the University of Vilnius.

The following year, issued in Vilnius, historical and literary journal "Bulletin of Western Russia," notes placed Belarusian historian and archaeologist Ksenafonta Gavorskaga devoted to the description of the ancient Polotsk Barysaglebavskaga monastery. "As the city expanded stories — wrote Gavorski — under the north wall of the church of St.. Paraskeva were the door to the tunnel which ran under the Dvina to the upper castle and the church of St.. Savior …" Then tells the monks found the move, but could not go far on it as suffocating from the bad air.

In 1920, when Polotsk Zadvinne was occupied by Polish troops, became interested in the underground labyrinth housed in a special unit of the 15th Bolshevik Army. He was interested in the question of how the Poles so quickly through the Dvina received information from their agents. From personal and representatives of the City Commission for Protection of Monuments starasvetchyny and art was created search group to which prykamandyravali combat engineer platoon. The findings of the group is mixed. The documents can be, in particular, to learn about the extensive system of caves under the buildings Cadet Corps, formerly belonging to the Jesuits. And also about the order to the Director housing Vaulin: sealed entrance to the basement to stop the endless underground expedition cadets that was at the beginning of the twentieth century.

However, in 1927 a mysterious maze gets together with a friend of Polotsk, the teenager, and in the future — an artist and writer Mikhail Andreev. Here is an excerpt from his memoirs:

"We wandered in search of the entrance to the cave … At one point, met the legend that that is Cadets were: full name and date — 1910. And then! .. It was a corridor with a noticeable tilt towards the Dvina. The walls and ceiling are lined with red brick. Ground floor, tightly compacted. Width of stroke — approximately 130-140 cm, height is such that the to-ceiling arm's reach. On the ceiling there was a lot of bats. We walked through the course of 300-400 meters. Finally reached the point where the ceiling was crumbling and was in the water … "

After a quarter century, we have a few friends, armed with a flashlight in case of deeds and a ball of thread, went underground about 200 steps. Next was the water in which flopped a few frightened frogs. More zlyakalisya our two fearless girl who dreamed that the company is ahead of skeletons. Under their friendly squeal — not skeletons, and the girls — we retreated with dignity.

It remains to add that our dangerous journey and quest dungeons M.Andreeva began with St. Stephen's Cathedral (Orthodox crossed to St Nicholas), who in 1964, the Soviet atheists criminally destroyed.

Archaeologists have seriously decided to start looking again Polotsk maze end of the 90-ies of the last century. I brought them with Russian entrepreneurs Russian descent Anatoly Silivonchik, by the way, one of the sponsors of creating an image of the Cross St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk. Anatoly promised to finance the car and bring in Polotsk special Japanese technique for the determination of underground voids. But before long tortuous path in life led this irrepressible violent personality in the dock. His release was short-lived, and the rival and enemy had time to podcast of Anatolia business …

Who today would dare fundovat search our maze? Awards may be sensational revelation. Do not cave in Polotsk, as Vaclav Lastouski believed to have disappeared during the Livonian War Library of St. Sophia Cathedral? And maybe that is where there is a record of Polotsk? And there is a version according to which in 1941 was moved to the east a copy of our sanctuary — a cross made Bogsha Lazarus, the original is to be found in those same dungeons.

I hope that Polotsk mazes over and over again, not only dream about me …

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