This monument is not very old but it is historically important. Due to the legend there was a settlement and a small castle which was built by Vladimir, the Novgorod duke, for his wife Rodneda who was the daughter of the Polotsk duke Rogvolod. The story goes that Vladimir fell madly in love with Rodnega and wanted to marry her but she refused. So...more
The Church of the Saviour's Transfiguration is the town's main touristic highlight and landmark. It dates back to 1577, when is was built by Jan Glebovich and used to be surrounded by fortifications. Still today you may walk up a grassy mound that is surrounding the church circle-like. The tower of this orthodox church is 35 meters high.Another...more
More or less just across the railway tracks coming from the railway station building you will find the ethnographic museum. We only looked at the buildings from outside and had a quick look inside the main building as we didn't want to join the tour due to our limited understanding of the Russian language.The museum consists of several buildings...more
In the park in front of the town hall by the trees you may find an interesting monument. It was set up in 1985 to commerate the 1000 year jubilee of the town and it says on it that a message is left inside it for the future inhabitants to read after the next 100 years in 2085.more
All over Belarus you can still find traces of the Soviet Union. In all the towns we visited there is still a monument to Lenin to be found, usually in front of the town hall. So Zaslavl is no exception.Another local customs is that you may see a red star attached to the wall of the house by the house number. This indicates that a war surviver...more
Within the remains of the castle ramparts just behind the Saviour-Transfiguration Church you can find a monument with a stone cross. It looks as though the cross used to stand and some time ago has fallen over.The monument is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of 1861 when the czar freed the slaves.more
There is a brand new comfortable Swiss train running from Minsk to Zaslavl. Please note that the railway station of Zaslavl is called "Belarus".For our journey to Zaslavl which took about half an hour by the modern train we bought the ticket the previous day which is not really necessary though. It cost in August 2011 exactly 2000 BYR. Please note...more
We saw one of the infrequent buses at the bus stop "School no. 1". This bus stop is located on ul. Sovetskaya very close to the town hall in the old part of town.On the second picture you can see the timetable of the station. The bottom line are the buses to Minsk.There is another such bus stop at the other end of ul. Sovetskaya in the Mikrorayon 1...more
The locals from Minsk that we met on the train wanted to visit the postoffice which is located on Sovetskaya street in Mikrorayon 1 part of the town. It turned that one of them was a member from postcrossing. Well, in the postoffice you can buy postcards of Zaslavl, if they haven't run out of them and stamps.
Please note that stamps for postcards abroad are all the same price whether you send them to a neighbouring country or overseas. In August 2011 the prices were 1000 BYR for airmail and 660 BYR for surface mail.
In the mikrorayon 1 along ul. Sovetskaya you will also find the town's market and smaller produkti shops where you can buy ice cream which we did.
We saw at least one restaurant/café but apparently it only opened at 12 am, so we returned to Minsk for lunch.
Not all the wooden houses in former times had running water. We found one water pump on our walk along ul. Sovetskaya between the railway station and the Mikrorayon 1 which came in handy to wash our hands as the public toilet in the railway station had no hand washing facility.
I really liked the wooden houses in Zaslavl. There are some impressive ones on the corner of Sovetskaya and ul. Pochtovaya and elsewhere along Sovetskaya.
Goats also seem quite popular in Zaslavl. I saw a woman walking one across the railway tracks.
The town was very laid back on a Saturday and pleasantly quiet, a typical country town. Zaslavl has the oldest know fortifications in the whole country, so make sure you visit.