The history of Brest's City Park dates back to 1906 when it was created by Russian soldiers. Just recently it was widely redesigned for it centenary and officially named "First of May Culture and Entertainment Park".
It is the largest park in the city. Near its eastern entrance on the street vul. Lenina a "War Memorial" commemorating the WWII victims can be found.
Another monument about WWII is the "Liberation Monument" which reminds on the events of the 28th of July 1944, when Brest was liberated by Soviet troops.It stand at the square ploschad Svobody.
A bust of Adam Mitskevich is located at the crossing of the streets vul. Mitskevicha and vul. Lenina. The Polish poet was born in 1798 in a small town in the Brest region.
Brest (Berestie) is mentioned for the first time on pages of "the Story of temporary years" in 1019. In XI century it is an old Russian trading center and a fortress on a board with the Polish and Lithuanian possession. In the XII century the wooden castle served by strengthening for trading caravans was constructed there.
In 1390 Berestie the first of Belarus cities acquired the right to the self-management known as the Magdebourg right. In December, 1409 a secret meeting of the Polish king Jagajlo and grand duke Lithuanian Vitovt took place there on which the plan of decisive battle with crusaders was developed.
In 1596 on a church cathedral it was proclaimed Brest union about association in this territory of orthodox and Catholic churches. To the second half of the XVII century the city center was generated on island (now a citadel of the Brest fortress).
Twice in 1657 and in 1706 during Northern war the Swedish armies have grasped Brest-Litovsk and ruined it. During the Domestic war of 1812 the city was in a strip of military actions, was occupied three times by armies of Napoleon.
In 1830 the emperor Nikolay I approved a final variant of construction of a fortress on a place of an ancient city.
The night spent on the border, waiting for a crossing. 13 hours to wait!!! Compared to Polish-Czech border crossing time - 10 minutes!!!
The reason is that most of Brest people do bordercrossing to sell some stuff to Poland and get some money.