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The appearance of this church and monastery is even more misleading than that of St Francis and Bernardine's. In fact, its fate was no better than that of the other church. In 1655 the place witnessed a massacre of the nuns and of some local people sheltering there from the invading Cossacks, who even plundered the coffins of the Sapieha family, the founders of the church and the monastery.
In 1864 the monastery and 21 years later also the church were closed by the tsarist authorities. Yet the Sapieha family managed to recover their property in 1905 and the buildings were restored soon afterwards. The nuns were able to come back and run a school and a kindergarten on the premises.
After WWII the Soviets closed both the church and the monastery, vandalising both. You can now find the Museum of Architecture in the church, but the only objects remaining from the old interior are the tombs of the Sapieha family. The monastery is a ruin, except for the wing housing the museum offices. So perhaps it's just as well that the place was closed when we were there.
Address: Sv. Mykolo st. 9
Directions: Near St Ann's and St Francis and Bernardine's churches
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