Received: 4th October 2012 Distance: 1526 km (948 miles) Travel time: 25 days.
Thank you, Anya from Belarus!
The card shows the Catholic church of St. Anthony of Padua in Pastavy. There is not much information about Pastavy on Wikipedia. The church is not named, but shown on a picture.
Pastavy is a city in the Vitebsk Voblast of Belarus, an administrative center of the Pastavy district. Pastavy is located on the river Myadelki. Pastavy has a station on the railway line between Viciebsk and Vilnius in Lithuania. Pastavy has several historic buildings including 18th century houses and 19th century church. In 2009, Pastavy celebrated its 600th anniversary.
This photo shows the same church.
Anthony of Padua, also known as Anthony of Lisbon (born Fernando Martins de Bulhões; 15 August 1195 – 13 June 1231) was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. Though he died in Padua, he was born and raised in a wealthy family in Lisbon.
Noted by his contemporaries for his forceful preaching and expert knowledge of scripture, he was the second-fastest canonized saint (after St. Peter of Verona) and proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946.