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Museums of Atheism

WHS containing buildings which were once "Museums of Atheism"

The connection belongs to Religion and Belief connections.

Connected Sites

  • Itchan Kala: "Originally designed as a place of Islamic instruction in 1905, the Matpana Baya madrassah was transformed into a museum of atheism under the Soviets before being changed again after independence into a museum of religion"
  • L'viv: The Dominican Church: After World War II the complex was occupied by the Soviets, used as warehouse and in the 1970s changed into a museum of religion and atheism. With the collapse of the Soviet Union the church was given to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and now serves as a parish church. The monastery, however, has not yet been returned and still serves as a museum (renamed The Lviv Museum of History of Religion). (Wiki)
  • St. Petersburg: Kazan Cathedral "After the Russian Revolution of 1917 the authorities closed the cathedral (January 1932). In November 1932 it reopened as the pro-Marxist "Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism". Services resumed in 1992, and four years later the cathedral was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church." (Wiki)
  • Vilnius: In 1919 the church of St. Casimir was returned to the Catholics, but was damaged again during the Second World War, closed down and in 1963 converted into a Museum of Atheism. The church was reconsecrated in 1991" (Wiki)


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