Church architecture

Church in honor of the Holy Trinity

Stylistically, the project of the church in honor of the Holy Trinity is designed with a focus on medieval Eastern European church architecture of the defense type, including the so-called temples-fortresses. Strict ascetic forms, restrained decor, buttresses, finishing materials, the Byzantine dome, tectonics, structural features, interior space and the whole architectural style sends the impression of the temple to the ancient history of Eastern Europe.
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Project: Church in honor of the Holy Trinity
Location: Borisov, Belarus
Capacity: 300 people (in the upper church).
Total area of the church: 980 m²
Stage: concept
Year: 2019

The church is designed in the center of Borisov on a hill in the center of the site limited from the north by the Berezina River, from the west by the Revolution Ave. and from the south-east by Gagarin Street. The church is to be located on the existing foundation (ground floor), located next to the existing chapel and monuments to the fallen soldiers of the World War II. The place is well visible from all directions. The relief of the site is flat. The existing foundation rises to 2.5 m above ground level. The detailed elaboration of the general plan is not provided in this project concept.

Existing foundation:

There is a lower temple with an altar, a small refectory with a kitchen, rooms for the clergy, a vestry and the necessary technical rooms. There are three exits and a ramp for the less able. There is also a winding staircase designed for staff use.


The main church is located at ground zero mark. There is a narthex in the western part with utility rooms, a church kiosk, and a staircase to the choir loft. The altar in the eastern part ends with an apse with a conch. There are three evacuation exits from the temple and an additional service exit from the altar. There is a ramp for the less able at the north exit.

The temple has four pillars with arches and sails, on which the light drum and the dome vault crowning the temple rest. There are galleries with vaulted ceilings under the choir loft, as well as on the southern and northern sides of the temple. They are one single whole with the rest of the church. The altars on both levels are traditionally elevated from the floor level and overlapped with vaults.

The material of the existing foundation is reinforced concrete. The material of the temple walls is brick without insulation, wall thickness is 510 mm in vestibules, 770 mm in other exterior walls. The vaults are also to be made of bricks. The exception is the vaults in the basement and narthex of the temple, which can be made using durable waterproof gypsum fiber board on steel frame. The roofing is made of lead, laid in decorative sheets on a polymer base on a metal frame. The outer wall lining is artificial and natural stone with the use of facing bricks that look like plinth. The façades are decorated with bas-reliefs and an arcature belt made of reinforced fiberglass concrete to look like natural stone. The exterior seams are sealed with decorative lime-cement mortar.

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Project manager: Dmitry Ostroumov
Architect: Polina Askarova