Independence Square, Minsk
Independence Square is part of the main street through the center of Minsk - the prospekt Nezalzhnasci (Independence Boulevard).
This is a big area and it is important because there is, side by side, many important government building and interesting touristic attractions. Here you can find, besides administrative buildings, the House of Government, the Minsk Executive Committee, two universities: Byelorussian State Pedagogical University and Byelorussian State University, famous "Red church" - Roman-Catholic church of Saint Simeon and Elena, luxuriously hotel “Minsk” and huge the main post. Still, several glass dome are dominate trough entire square. Those are and windows for huge shopping center under the square. On the top of this dome are famous "Three storks".
The place is known from the end of 19th century. Some years ago (till 1991) it was called Lenin's Square. The oldest building in the square is Cathedral of St. Simeon and St. Helen. There is also Belarusian State University (1928 - 1931), Belarusian Teachers Training University (1931) located.
It is interesting, that square occupies 7 hectares and is the biggest in Europe. By the way, it is one of the most beautiful squares I ever seen in my trips.
Typical example of huge Soviet square is the Independence Square (Ploshchad Nezalezhnosti), formerly known as Lenin Square (Lenina) with the huge Government building and the huge statue of Lenin in front of it. Along the Government building there's a higher one which is home to the pedagogical university.
Below the street level there's a brand new and modern shopping centre, a good place to go to escape the cold during winter days. In summer and spring during warm days the square is usually quite crowded of people walking around or just sitting on benches, among pretty flowers and an overall nice athmosphere. During cold days, instead, it can be quite a spectral place. At night it's all lightened and very beautiful.