Vitsyebsk preparing for patriarch's visit

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Vitsyebsk's
Victory Square
is being renovated specially for the forthcoming visit by Patriarch Kirill,
head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The
pace of work sped up after the regional governor, Alyaksandr Kasinets, moved
the deadline forward from May 9, 2010, to September 27.

Patriarch
Kirill is expected to take part in the opening ceremony. Some 400 construction
workers work at the square from 8a.m. to 11 p.m.

This is how it looked before the renovations (Photo by Narodnyya Naviny Vitsebska).

Images taken by the author