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For Whom the Bell Tolls...

To reach to the bell-tower of Dmitry Rostovsky's church one has to go up steep staircase. While you are getting up you are wondering what you need it for? But when you are up, you forget about cold and wind. Everything is unusual here: pieces of air bombs instead of bells, priest's assistant Igor Komarov as a bellman. These special bells appeared there after the Great Patriotic War, but they seem to know some of the secrets dating back to 1905, when the church was constructed.

The legend says that at that time landlady Maria Baranovskaya lived there.  She was ill, but doctors didn't know how to help her. One night she got a sign: she will recover if she builds a church at that place. And no one could predict a great number of tragic events that the XXth century would be full of.  The landlady decided to follow the advice she was given in her dreams. 

Thus, a wooden church named after St. Dmitry Rostovsky was constructed at Vydrenka. The church was built in the form of a cross, and none nail was used. Thus, it's a rare thing for both Mogilev region and Belarus. By the way, Baranovskaya recovered, people say.  

Some people still remember how the German punitive forces got up to the bell-tower and shot our soldiers. Soviet soldiers decided not to fire a gun to preserve the church building. The mass grave near the church reminds us about those days, and the brave defenders of our Motherland.

"The Icon of of Our Lady of Kazan with a hole left by a bullet sent through it is one reminder of that war", Father Victor tells. "The church also has the icon that predicted one more tragedy the Belarusian land suffered from - Chernobyl disaster. Not long before the catastrophe a cloud suddenly appeared above Seraphim Sarovsky's face. And it naturally was a kind of warning about the forthcoming disaster. 

All the Krasnopolsky district, including Vydrenka, suffered greatly from radioactive contamination. Hundreds of families lived there before the catastrophe. At present just some dozens of houses have left. The village is likely to vanish soon. But still more and more pilgrimsboth from Belarus and Russia are visiting Vydrenka every year. 

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