A Look into the Sky

EUI, фота Юліі Кучко

In 2015-2016, Belarusian specialists, working with the Foundation European Urban Institute, carried out a test monitoring of the state of selected historic buildings constructed on the territory of Belarus in the XVI - XX centuries. In the test mode, sites were examined that are on the national list of Historical and Cultural Heritage

Changes and their magnitude in the general state of the preserved sites were documented. At the same time information was collected on assistance of the governmental institutions responsible for the protection of historical and cultural heritage. Names of benefactors were recorded. The degree of envolvement in the protection of historical heritage of local, religious and ethnic communities was assed.[1]. Of special interest was monitoring of synagogues and prayer houses, abandoned by the Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

That was the main theme of the the first issue of the Bulletin “Monitoring of Historical Space”. On May 18, 2017, in Brest, in “Prastora KH”, the lecture of Iryna Laurouskaya "Jewish Trace" in the Historic Space of Belarus" was held. It was devoted to synagogues in Belarus.

The host of Prastora KH welcomed guests to the lecture

The fact that a pioneer of study of space as a philosophical substance was Plato was amazing (428 BC)..."



"The space has a direct impact on the behavior and relationships between people, it affects the mental health of both the individual and society" quates Iryna Laurouskaya from the study of Edward Twitchell Hall (1914-2009), American anthropologist and cross-cultural researcher , founder of science Proxemics.

A talk between an archivist L.Romanovich and architect T.Andreyeva

To the participants of the project under the auspices of the Foundation “European Urban Institute” addressed the Chairman of the Jewish community "Brisk" (Brest) Regina Symonenko:

" I want to thank you for an excellent presentation and a titanic work, the result will be a wonderful publication.
Your research will be included on the list of historical "hits". What is particularly important is the fact that the work has been done a professional architect.
Thank you very much!
I also want to thank the whole team who worked on the publication of this book: historians, counselors, library staff, art designers.
I want to share with all of you a parable: One day, looking out of the window, at the market square, Rabbi Nachman saw one of his followers. He called him and invited him into the house.
- Tell me, - he said, - Have you seen the sky today?
- No, Rabbi.
- And the street, the street? Did you see it this morning?
- Yes, Reb.
- Tell me what you saw.
- Well, men, horses, carts, the coach. Traders, noisy and abusive to the peasants. The men, the women are running to and fro: That's what I saw.
- Oh, - Rabbi Nachman shook his head, - and in fifty and a hundred years there will be a street like this. Another market like this will be. Other wagons will carry other merchants, and they will sell other horses. But neither I nor you will be in those times. So I ask you, what sense is in your running around, if you do not have time to look at the sky.
What you do is exactly a look into the sky.


[1] The whole date was stored in the public database of cultural and historical heritage of Belarus at the website of EUI, see at http://euimedia.com/data.