Belarusian Chapel In London Named World’s Best Religion Building

The Belarusian Memorial Chapel in London was named the world’s best religion building at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam.

This is like an Oscar for architecture!

Church of St Cyril of Turau and All the Patron Saints of the Belarusian People was built in London in 2016. It serves as a reminder of the traumatic Chernobyl disaster and memorial to its victims.


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A place of prayers for the Belarusian diaspora in Great Britain, the chapel was repeatedly nominated for various prestigious awards.

Last year it won People’s Choice of the New London Award 2017 and was named among the 50 best buildings in England.

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This year it competed religious buildings from India, Turkey, Thailand, Portugal, Iran, Australia and Singapore.

The small wooden chapel was designed by London-based studio Spheron Architects. Its design draws inspiration from the wooden churches in Belarus and presents a mixture of traditions and modernity.

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The church operates an energy-saving heating system and has a special walkway for wheelchair users. Like many rural churches in Belarus, the chapel offers a gentle presence among the trees of its garden setting.