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16th century frescoes discovered in Niasvizh Corpus Christi Church

Unique frescoes have been discovered under a layer of plaster during restoration works in Niasvizh Church of Corpus Christi.

Reconstruction of the temple has been underway for several years, but only now can one see monograms of Jesuits on the north-eastern wall.

Piotr Sharko, abbot of the church of Corpus Christi:
Some paintings even date back to an earlier time than we thought, because basically the officially determined date was the 18th century, but we have found frescoes of Mikołaj Krzysztof "the Orphan" Radziwiłł. This is the end of 16th - early 17th century.

The restoration of the Church of Corpus Christi is a joint Belarusian-Polish project. As of today the early Baroque monument has had its wooden roof replaced with copper one.

In 2017 the countries plan to replace the internal communications and to protect the foundation from moisture.

As for the frescoes, some historians believe that initially all the walls of the church were covered with paintings. Only in the 20th century they were painted over, to hide and thus save the building from Nazi vandalism. But now this is only a theory.

16th century frescoes discovered in Niasvizh Corpus Christi Church