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Capital of Belarus
The Modern City of Minsk

The Capital of Belarus, is a modern city with an influence of Stalinist architecture and monuments. Most of its museums, theaters and other cultural attractions are located on Avenue Praspyekt Nyezalyezhnastsi, a wide, a long street leading to Independence Square.




Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Museum of the Great Patriotic War


Museums of Minsk

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

This is the right place to take a look of Belarus heroism and suffering under Nazi occupation. Located in a new building.

Stalin Line Museum

Those interested in military stuff will find this museum extraordinary. Display of tanks, helicopters and other Soviet era paraphernalia in an open filed about 25 km northeast of downtown in a place called Lashany.

Museum of Folk Architecture & Rural Lifestyle

These are a group of several houses, a school, a church and an old windmill, all transplanted to Azyartso, 15 km southwest of Minsk.

Belarusian State Art Museum

Features local art from the 1940s to the 1970s. This great state museum has been renovated lately.

National History Museum

This is an old museum with a nice collection of artifacts.




Capital of Belarus

Nezalezhnastsi is the main avenue in the Capital of Belarus

Nezalezhnastsi is the main avenue in the Capital of Belarus


Squares and Monuments in Minsk

Nezalezhnastsi

Minsk’s main thoroughfare is circular and was formerly known as Francyska Skaryny, it runs the length of the modern city, beginning near the train station to the expansive Nezalezhnas

Svabody

Located in old downtown includes the Town Hall called Ratusha. It also features the twin tower Orthodox Cathedral.

Trinity Hill

Trinity Hill is a tiny recreation of Minsk's pre-war buildings on a pretty bend of the river just a little north of the center. Here the visitor will find a few cafes, shops and restaurants.

Zaslavsky Jewish Monument

Hidden among trees this is a moving sight, located off vul Melnikayte, commemorating the death of 5,000 Jews from Minsk at the hands of the Nazis on March 2, 1942.

commemorates the savage murder of 5000 Jews from Minsk at the hands of the Nazis on 2 March 1942.


Former KGB Headquarters in Minsk

Former KGB Headquarters in Minsk


KGB Headquarters

An entire block of central Nezalezhnastsi is occupied by this yellow neoclassical building with a Corinthian portal

Oktyabrskaya

This is the city’s main square, with its name in Russian, although its name in Belarusian is Kastrychnitskaya.

Nezalezhnastsi

Independence Square, also called Lenina, is dominated by the Belarusian Government Building, behind Lenin’s statue. The red-brick Catholic Church of SS Simon & Elena, built in 1910, is also here.

 

Island of Courage & Sorrow in downtown Minsk

Island of Courage & Sorrow in downtown Minsk


Island of Courage & Sorrow

Standing on a small island connected to the Old Town by a walking bridge, this evocative Afghan war memorial is known colloquially as the Island of Tears by locals.

Palats Mastatsva

This Art Palace is a good place to see what's happening in Minsk contemporary art circles, with several halls of rotating exhibitions.


Church of St Aleksandr Nevsky

Church of St Aleksandr Nevsky


Churches in Minsk

Church of St Aleksandr Nevsky

This church was built in 1898, was closed by the Bolsheviks, reopened by the Nazis, closed again by the Soviets and now it's open once more.

SS Peter & Paul Church

Off the Vul Lenina overpass is the attractively restored 17th century Church, which is the city's oldest church: it was built in 1612, looted by Cossacks in 1707 and restored in 1871.

 

Map of Belarus showing its capital Minsk

Map of Belarus showing its capital Minsk



For more information visit Belarus Official Tourism Website



image credits for capital of belarus

museum by adam jones
nezalezhnastsi by homoatox
national library by barepi
alexander nevski by hanna zalenko
kgb by john oldale
island of courage by peter rembalkaya

all courtesy of wikimedia commons





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