Mud Flood in Belarus. Yurovichi village. Jesuit temple: year of foundation 1741.

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This summer I was lucky to get into the abandoned Jesuit monastery in Belarus, the village of Yurovichi.
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The first thing that caught my eye was that the landscape shot in the 19th century does not agree with what is now. This is the main entrance from past.
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If you look on present day photo you will not find river and a hill oposite the main entrance. The entrence is on the west side

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It looks as if all this gap was covered with sand. I was lucky to get inside this complex and get all the details.

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I was struck by the landscape around very similar to the fact that this place is covered with sand

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Then other surprises waited for me. The caretaker of this complex allowed me to go into the cellars. Pay attention to the number of blocked moves and arches we can see. We descended according to the caretaker's words for 3-5 meters down.

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The caretaker told us that scientists have been coming here 2 years in a row and digging out new tunnels. After they have finished all the excavations are bricked up and all the finds are taken away. According to the caretaker's stories, about 1 km of tunnels have already been excavated.

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I was lucky that scientists forgot one broken plate on which you can see the date 1762 or I762.

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The quality of those old bricks, but more than that their various shapes especially seen in the construction of those tunnels is something to think about.

Googling brick making techniques of the 19th and 18th centuries makes the amount of produced brick a suspect. Yet this brick is all over the place.
 
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The quality of those old bricks, but more than that their various shapes especially seen in the construction of those tunnels is something to think about.

Googling brick making techniques of the 19th and 18th centuries makes the amount of produced brick a suspect. Yet this brick is all over the place.
the most sad, old bricks from 18 century will be ok for centuries but a new ones which we can see on top after 10-15 years will begin to collapse

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I still can't get over the amount of this high quality brick present in such humongous quantities. Those brick making factories had to be numerous and big. Where are those factories?

The quality is a separate topic altogether.
 

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i think that it was made on near spot in something like big river barge
 

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