Belarus Things to Do

  • National Library of Belarus
    National Library of Belarus
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Belarus Things to Do

  • Modern National Library of Belarus

    4 out of 5 stars

    Minsk Things to Do

    Obviously not located in the east of Minsk to just house the books, the National Library of Belarus is called "the diamond of knowledge". A 23-floor 74-meter tall building, it still isn't the tallest one in Minsk though one of the ugliest ones. It employs the personnel of a 1000+ and can store up to 14m books (out of which 10m are there). On top...

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  • Red Church - Chyrvoni Kastel

    Minsk Things to Do

    The church of Sts. Simon & Helena or simple call The red brick church is main catholic church in the city and one of main touristic attraction on Independence square. During its existence, the cathedral survived many changes, as time and politics are change. At various times this church was housed the Polish National Theater of Belorussian SSR,...

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  • Museum of the Great Patriotic War -...

    4 out of 5 stars

    Minsk Things to Do

    Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War (Belarus Cyrillic: Белорусский Государственный музей...

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  • Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre

    Minsk Things to Do

    ‘Prince Igor’ is the staple Russian production, the very right thing to strike acquaintance with the Minsk theatre. Any Russian office clerk will rebuff a new task with ‘…there is neither sleep, nor rest for his tormented soul’ (Prince Igor’s aria, Act II), and on Friday afternoon he will whistle ‘…Oh, freedom, freedom must I have!’ (same...

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  • Isle of Tears

    4 out of 5 stars

    Minsk Things to Do

    Walking around Central Minsk, perhaps on Fridays or Saturdays - you will find that there are quite a few visitors going on and off of an island through a curved bridge that connects it with the Trinity Suburb. The island laid in 1988 has a poignant name - the Island of Tears. The complex that was originally designed as a monument to the...

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  • Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

    Minsk Things to Do

    I was wondering why there seemed to be security guards, Outside TV broadcasting and long queues of people waiting to enter the forecourt of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Minsk. In the queue people were carrying bags, many of them being traditional wicker baskets. Once inside the barriers and on the forecourt of the cathedral, the congregation...

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  • KGB Building

    Minsk Things to Do

    The KGB headquarters are on a very prominent location in the center of Minsk. This is Belarus secret police. This building is so huge that is very frightening. An entire block at No 17 is occupied by a yellow neoclassical building with an ominous, temple-like Corinthian portals. This building looks down over Independence Avenue.

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  • Troitskoye Predmestie - Old Town

    Minsk Things to Do

    Troitskoye Predmestye (Trinity Suburb) is name of Minsk’s old town. The name of this part of city is coming from the former Trinity Church that once stood in the area. This area was build between 1982 and 1985 on the site of a former settlement dating from the 12th century, Trinity offer a nice time from sprawling concrete of the city center during...

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  • Khatyn - WWII memorial

    5 out of 5 stars

    Minsk Things to Do

    Not to be confused with KATYN, Smolensk, Russia... Built in 1969 along with another landmark - Glory Mound - Khatyn Village Memorial is dedicated to the enormous death toll of the Soviet Belarus during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). 2.5m out of 10m killed, 209 cities damaged out of 290, 619 villages destroyed along with its entire...

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  • Gorky Park

    Minsk Things to Do

    Maksim Gorky Central Children's Park (Belarusian Cyrillic: Цэнтральны парк дзіцяці імем Максіма Горкага or Russian...

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  • House of Government

    Minsk Things to Do

    The Palace of the Republic is a modern and lively place, well known. It was build in 2002. Most important social and political events take place here. Also, here is place for many presentations, exhibitions, and concerts open to the general public. That would be main place of interest for me on my next Belarus trip, because I dint have time to...

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  • Town Hall

    Minsk Things to Do

    Minsk town hall (Belarusian Cyrilic: Менская ратуша) is pretty neoclassical building very popular among locals. Originally dates back till the end of 16th century. During turbulent past of Minsk the Minsk town hall was damaged, destroy and rebuild several time. The...

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  • Dudutki Museum

    Minsk Things to Do

    The museum of crafts was established in the mid-1990s by a Lithuanian hournalist who fancied the local ways of Belarus and wanted to restore what you normally don't see on the museum shelves - folk crafts. The museum collected a number of artifacts across the republic of Belarus including a 1905-built restored windmill and allocated them into a...

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  • Lenin Street

    Minsk Things to Do

    Leninsky Avenue or Leninsky Prospect is a long street. It has a characteristic "look" with big and long socialistic buildings made from red-brown brick on both side of street. That is followed by line of trees and benches. Ideal place to walk during summer times. For my opinion bast decoration of this beautiful street is fountains. Lamp on streets...

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  • Trade Unions Palace of Culture

    Minsk Things to Do

    The Trade Union Palace of Culture is one of part of Stalinist city center that attract many visitors It was open since 1956 and continues with performances. Every year, visitors may enjoy in the about 700 events.

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  • Independence Square

    Minsk Things to Do

    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...

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  • Church of Saint Mary Magdalene

    Minsk Things to Do

    The Russian Orthodox St. Maria Magdalena Church was built in the middle of the 19th century on the site of an earlier wooden church. To the left of its octagonal bell tower stands the small John the Baptist Chapel, which was consecrated in 1995. After the closure of the St. Maria Magdalena Church during the Soviet times, it was the first church in...

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  • Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

    Minsk Things to Do

    The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, which is often referred to as the "Yellow Church", is the oldest church of Minsk. The Baroque Church was built between 1611 and 1613 with donations of more than 50 noblemen and local inhabitants. Like most other churches it was closed during the Soviet era and used for fish storage,...

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  • Victory Square

    4 out of 5 stars

    Minsk Things to Do

    Victory square is actually first thing that I saw in Minsk. Fascinate and familiar socialistic architecture. We arrived in Minsk early in the morning. Even was summer it was could so we all enjoy in worm from "eternal flame". First, we have a little trouble to step in there. Here is underground stare steps connected with metro. So, excellent...

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  • Afghanistan War Memorial

    Minsk Things to Do

    Famous Isle of Tears is commemorative place build in honor of Belarus who died in 9th year war between USSR and Afghanistan (1979-1988). Today is seat place of many interests not only for tourist then and for local too. Here is place to remembrance for lost love once and place for start to build memories for newlyweds. The chapel itself is...

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  • Cathedral of the Virgin Mary

    Minsk Things to Do

    One of first church I saw in Minsk was beautiful church with two towers incorporate in huge read-brick soviet architecture. I found out that this is Cathedral of the Holy Name of Mary (Belarusian: Архікатэдральны касцёл...

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  • Hero City Obelisk

    Minsk Things to Do

    The 45 metres tall Minsk Hero City Obelisk was unveiled in 1985. It commemorates the fact that on the 26th of June 1974 Minsk was among the 12 Soviet cities, which were granted the title "Hero City" for their heroic defence during the Great Patriotic War (WWII). Next to the obelisk a bronze statue of a woman with a trumpet can be found. It is the...

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  • Central Botanical Garden

    Minsk Things to Do

    Our Botanical Garden was built in 1932. With the size of 153 gectars OR 0.6 square miles and collections of 9,000 types of plants, it`s considered to be one of the largest Botanical Gardens in Europe. It sure is a nice quiet place to walk at, feed the birds in a small Swan lake, sit on the bench.. The Garden is open to visitors from May till...

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  • Church of Saint Joseph

    Minsk Things to Do

    The Church of St. Joseph was a part of a former Bernadine monastery. It was constructed in Baroque style in the 17th century. In Soviet times the church was a museum and a commandant's office. At present the Church is still not given back to the Christian believers, but used as an archive for scientific and technical documentation as well as for...

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  • Lenin Sculpture

    Minsk Things to Do

    Lenin still stands at Independence Square, near Government palace. It is kind of exotic to me to find such sculpture, as in Lithuania these kinds of sculptures are moved to artificial area - Grutas soviet sculptures park. Lenin here is in classical position, holding the cap and giving speech to people around.

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  • Catholic church of the Holy Trinity -...

    Minsk Things to Do

    The Holy Trinity Church is also known as "St. Roch Church on the Golden Hill", as in fall the leaves from the trees changed the colour of the hill into gold. The Roman Catholic church was completed in 1864 and extensively reconstructed in 1720. From 1991 until 2006 the church was used as a music hall for the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society,...

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  • Aleksander Nevsky Church

    Minsk Things to Do

    The red brick Aleksander Nevsky Church was completed at the very end of the 19th century, just after the Russo-Turkish war. In 1938 it was the last church in Minsk, which was closed by the Soviets. Rumours say, that during WWII, a Nazi bomb crashed through the roof and landed in front of the altar, but never detonated. Directions: The Aleksander...

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  • Military Cemetery

    Minsk Things to Do

    The Military Cemetery at its present location exists since 1895. It consists of several sections for the dead soldiers of different wars, like the Russo Turkish War (1877 to 1878) or the Great Patriotic War (WWII). Besides the military graves and memorials, also the graves of some prominent local people can be found here. Among them is the grave...

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  • Cathedral Square

    Minsk Things to Do

    The Upper Town - a vast area of the old Minsk with the center in Cathedral Square. This is the city's most important part and was built in the 16th century. The City Hall, the men's and women's St Bernard and St Basil monasteries, the 17th - 18th centuries jesuitical Catholic Church and the dwelling houses of the 18th - 20th centuries were all...

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  • Belarus State University

    Minsk Things to Do

    Just looks very nice.... I've walk alond the street and saw this very picturesque building. Belarus State University is not the only higher school institutions in the city, there are a lot of universities there. City streets are full of young people.

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  • Academy of Sciences Palace

    Minsk Things to Do

    The National Academy of Sciences was projected and built in 1932 - 1939. The architects were G. Lavrov and I. Langbard. Later, in 1960 - 1970 some new buildings were added. It is nice building with columns in front of it.

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  • Alexander Pushkin Monument

    Minsk Things to Do

    Although the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin had never really visited Minsk, a bronze figure commemorating his 200th anniversairy has been erected in the Belarusian capital. It was given to the city as a gift from Moscow and unveiled on the 10th of July 1999 on a spot where once a pagan temple stood. Directions: The Alexander Pushkin...

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  • Staying at the wildlife research...

    We arrived late in the evening and left quite early in the morning so I cannot say much about the centre other than it was perfectly comfortable. I seem to remember though that the shower didn't work. The best thing about the accommodation was the huge spread of food that the owners had put on for us. It was wonderful and quite easily the best meal...

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  • Wildlife watching in Bielovezhskaya...

    If you're the sort of person who gets a thrill out of seeing some spectacular wildlife then the National Park on the south-western fringes of Belarus should be on your itinerary. As with all wildlife watching you can rarely guarantee sightings but there is a good chance, with the guides from the park, that you will find Wisent, also known as...

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  • Brest

    Brest, formerly also Brest-on-the-Bug and Brest-Litovsk.For the first time I visited Brest in 1969 when being a youth traveling with my parents by car around Belarus and Ukraine. The Brest Fortress is the most interesting place to visit there. This is my most visited city in Belarus that I was visiting twice a year since 1999 when we began our...

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  • Open-air Museem-Village Dududki

    Dudutki is a unique open-air museum village. It is a great place to go if you want to explore ancient culture and way of life of a tipical 19 century village. Here you can visit a museum of folk craft, see how a windmill works, take a horseride, forge a horseshoe for luck in a village forge. A potter will make a pot for you or will even teach you...

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  • Sightseeing

    There's a million things you can see in Minsk. I'll mention just some of them: Oktobarskaya Square, Prospekt Nezavisimosti, Lenin Square, Prospekt Nemiga, Park Jakovljevicha, a bank of Svislosh, The Old City (Stari Gorod), Belarusian State Circus, Victory Square, Red Church (St. Simon and Hellen), The Church of Mary Magdalene, and many many other...

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  • To Understand Their Suffering - Visit...

    During WWII Belarus suffered heavily from the invading and occupying Nazis. The people of Belarus had to endure hardship & cruelty under this regieme. Many others fled into the forests as "partisans", a resistance army bent on disrupting and sabotaging the occupying Nazis.The Nazis hated all Slav people and mistreated, tortured and killed them...

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  • Swim in a Lake!

    Belarus has over 7000 lakes so you are never far from one wherever you stay. Take some advice from a local to find where the nearest lake is which is safe to swim in. Belarus has hot humid summers and harsh cold winters, so make sure it is summer if you are going swimming!When you arrive at your lake you will probably find other swimmers around if...

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  • MINSK / SKI& WINTER SPORTS

    IN MINSK.SPECIALY IN WINTER TIME YOU CAN HAVE LOT OF GREAT SPORTS,SKI ON RAWBITCHY AREA,WHERE THE EUROPEANS MEET EVERY YEAR.

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  • Museum of Traditional Krafts

    The area of the museum includes some country building, each one is dedicated to a different kraft. They have a carpenter ther, a blacksmith, a potter, a cheesmaker, a baker, a weaver. All things are made in a old way, like our ancestors used to make it in the beginning of the last century. You will have an opportunity to watch the process, to try...

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  • Visit Brest

    The key place in the history of Belarus that has to be visited, Brest was given the title of the 'Hero City' after its bitter standing against the Nazi attack in 1941. The fortress is essentially the monument you have to see there.

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  • Visit Minsk

    Well, it is a must. There are museums that would tell you the history of the country, some monuments left of the Old City, decent hotels, and it is a convenient starting point for many excursions inside Belarus.

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  • Photography. As I travelled...

    Photography. As I travelled through Minsk and onward to Volozhin I was amazed at the harsh reality that life can portray. I saw farmers ploughing the fields with no animals just the plough attached to their own bodies. I found this quite amazing to see, especially in the days of automated farming machinery. This gives some indication as to the...

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  • PolatskPolatsk is the most...

    PolatskPolatsk is the most ancient city in Belarus. First mentioned in historical records as far back as 862. The Polatsk Principality was the first state formation on our land. It is here that at the time of famous Usyaslau Charadzey a seven-dome five-nave temple was built – majestic St. Sofia Cathedral, a third one in Rus’ (after Kiev and...

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Belarus Hotels

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  • Hotel Europe

    Internatsionalnaya Str. 28, Minsk, 220030, Belarus

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Atel Belarus

    For Soviet citizens it was always practically impossible to lodge in a hotel "Intourist". The best...

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  • Crowne Plaza Hotel

    13 Kirova str., Minsk, 220040, Belarus

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

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