Like in almost all Belarusian towns also Kamyanyets has a Lenin Monument. It was erected during the Soviet era, but unlike in most other former USSR countries, the Belarusian government hasn't torn the Lenin monuments down.Lenin, who was born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, led the October Revolution in 1917 and is seen as the founder of the Soviet Union....more
The Tower of Kamyanyets (Kamyanyetskaya Vyezha) is the main landmark of Kamyanyets and also a national historic site of Belarus. It is also often referred to by the misnomer White Tower. The 30 metres high tower was errected as a castle keep between 1271 and 1288 by Oleksa, who was a prominent architect of the region. Nowadays the well preserved...more
The Russian Orthodox Church of St. Simon (Svyata Simonovskaya Cerkov) was finished in 1914. It was several times rebuilt after fires.The church consists of an apsis, a refectory and an entrance hall. Inside a beautiful wooden three storey iconostasis can be seen. When we visited the church it was closed, but an old lady opened the church for us and...more
The white painted two-storey Kamyanyets state grammar school was constructed in the 1920s. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens.Like the Tower of Kamyanyets and the Church of St. Simon also the Kamyanyets state grammar school was entered in the state list of historic and cultural legacy of the Republic of Belarus.Directions:The Kamyanyets state...more
The Monument to Oleksa is dedicated to the founder of the town who was a prominent builder and architect of the Volhynia region.The monument, which was unveiled in 1985 was designed by the student Aleksandr Lyshchyk as his diploma work.Directions:The Monument to Oleksa is located right in the heart of Kamyanyets' old town, somewhere between the...more
The War Memorial commemorates the victims of the Great Patriotic War, especially the Soviet soldiers who died in July 1944 during the liberation of Kamyanyets from the Nazis.Underneath the metal sculpture the years 1941 to 1945 are casted in the concrete pedestal.Directions:The War Memorial can be found in a small park right in the heart of...more
We arrived to Kamyanyets by bus from Brest and left the town by mashrutka (mini bus) back to Brest. The route is served by plenty of daily buses and the 35 km trip takes approximately 45 minutes.In summer 2011 a single ticket for a bus cost 5160 BYR and could be bought from the bus station, whereas a single ticket for a mashrutka cost 6000 BYR and...more
Kamyanyets seems to be a typical small Belarussian town, which due to its tower has gained a certain touristic popularity.All sights, including the Tower of Kamyanyets and the Church of St. Simon, can be explored on foot in just a couple of hours. So Kamyanyets is the perfect day trip or even half day trip destination from Brest.more
Restaurants and pubs in Belarus often offer imported beers from other countries. The Russian beer Baltika seems to be one of the most popular ones. My first proper local Belarusian beer was an Alivaria Zolotoe. The Alivaria brewery was established in 1864 in Minsk. Nowadays the beer brand belongs to the Carlsberg group.I also drank a Rechitskoe...more
As Belarus is still widely undiscovered by tourists, it is quite unsual to find anything in English language.The two official languages of Belarus are Russian and Belarusian, which are both written in Cyrillic letters and share many similarities. So at least a basic knowledge of the letters or even better of the Russian language seems to be...more
Belarus is a country of cash, so credit cards are not as widely accepted as in Western Europe. The local currency of Belarus is the Belarusian Ruble, which exists since about 1992. Due to massive inflation the Belarusian Ruble has been redenominated with 3 zeros chopped off in 2000.The current Belarusian Ruble is abbreviated BYR. The subunits are...more
Like all other cities which we visited in Belarus, also Kamyanyets didn’t have a Tourist Information Office. So on arrival we bought a map of the town and the region at the kiosk in the bus station.It included street maps and short descriptions of the towns of Kamyanyets and Vysokoe, as well as a map of the Kamyanyets region.more
Belarus is still a very undiscovered country , therefore an up to date guide book is highly recommended for individual travels.Unfortunately, the only guide book in English seems to be the Bradt travel guide - Belarus. In the past I was usually quite happy with Bradt guides for other countries, but I must admit that the Belarus guide couldn't...more
The town of Kamyanyets, which is also often transliterated as Kamenets, was first mentioned in old Russian cronicles in 1276.
At this time the Duke Vladimir Vasilkovich sent his architect and builder Oleksa to find a place for a fortress. Due to the stony soil the town was named after the Slavonic word "kameny" meaning "stony".
A monument celebrating Kamyanyets' 700th anniversary in 1976 can be found at the street crossing of Brestkaya ulica and ulica 8 Marta.