The beautiful and highly cultured town of Bobruisk has gained wide popularity after the publication of the book “The Golden Calf”. In 2012, in honor of one of the central heroes of the novel, Shura Balaganov, a bronze sculpture was installed in the city. An unofficial symbol of the city is a beaver, whose monument is in two places. The bronze beaver – a fashionable representative of the bourgeoisie – stands in front of the city market, and next to it, literally a quarter later, a beaver, made of papier-mache, sits on a bench. The historical and cultural heritage of Bobruisk includes more than 300 monuments of architecture, art and history, and some of them are included in the State List of Historical Values of the Republic.
One of the noteworthy religious monuments of Bobruisk is the chapel of “The All-Sorrowful Joy” icon of the Mother of God, which opened its doors in May 2001. In the same year, Archbishop Maxim of Mogilev and Mstislavsky consecrated the Bobruisk shrine, and a year later the bells were consecrated.
The chapel of the icon of the Mother of God in Bobruisk differs from many Belarusian chapels in majesty and decoration, reminding of its external and internal appearance rather a church than a chapel. Because of the height of the building, the construction was repeatedly suspended by the local authorities, since the chapel is higher than the next standing horse statue led by St. George the Victorious.
The Chapel of the “Mourning Joy” icon of the Mother of God is a snow-white multi-arched building, crowned with a golden dome. Entering inside, you can look at the icon of the same name of the Virgin, which has an amazing miraculous power. The image of the Mother of God depicted on the icon, which is especially revered and loved by the people. The Mother of God holds the baby, and above them in the clouds the Lord of hosts is depicted. It should be noted that in the world there are many options for writing the icon of “Joy of All Who Sorrow”. But the composition remains unchanged – the Virgin with the baby is surrounded by mourning people, oppressed by illnesses, misfortunes, but, nevertheless, creating unselfish good…
The first known case of healing by the icon of “All the Sorrowful Joy” occurred in the 17th century, when the sister of the Patriarch of Moscow, Evfimiya Papina, suffered from terrible wounds in her side. One day, Euphemia became completely inconsolable, and then she heard a voice advising her to find the icon of “Joy of All Who Sorrow”, to call a priest and hold a prayer service, which the suffering woman soon did. Miraculously, the wounds healed, and Euphemia completely healed. The icon was also revered by the tsar’s people: Catherine I, Catherine II, Paul I, Maria Fyodorovna and Elizaveta Petrovna. And at all times people prayed, asking for consolation, healing, love and strength from the icon of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow”.
The Orthodox chapel of the “All Sorrowful Joys” icon of the Mother of God is located at the entrance to the central cemetery of Bobruisk on the corner of Minskaya and Krylova Streets. The chapel belongs to the St. Nicholas and St. Sophia parish, located on Schmidt Street. It is the successor of the Sofia church in the Minsk cemetery, which in the 1960s was burnt. When planning a trip around Belarus, pay attention to the glorious town of Bobruisk and one of its main symbols – the Chapel of the Joy of All Who Sorrows the Icon of the Mother of God.