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Interesting facts about Minsk: Pobeditelei Avenue

By the 950th anniversary of Minsk, the TV program Minsk In Detail continues the series of stories about the landmark places of the Belarusian capital. Today we will be talking about praspiekt Pieramožcaŭ. The 9-kilometer highway leads to the very heart of the city.

Belarusian Tatars and Bulgarian revolutionary Dimitrov. The very first students of the Belarusian State University and Piotr Masherov. Names and people are woven into one 9-kilometer highway, which leads to the very center of Minsk.

Every historical epoch left its mark here. Before the 1917 revolution it was named Great Tatar Street, after 1917 it became Street of Georgi Dimitrov. The capital expanded, and Park Highway appeared here. In the 1980's, it was already the second most important and important avenue of Minsk, and it was named after famous politician Piotr Masherov. The modern generation knows it as praspiekt Pieramožcaŭ (Victors Avenue).

Grigory Azarenok, CTV:
Three years ago, at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, the velodrome turned into a media center from where the event was covered. Hundreds of journalists worked around the clock. For the second time, the avenue again flashed in the news thanks to the February 2015 meeting on Ukraine called Normandy 4.

Almost all Belarusian sport is headquartered here: the federations of ice hockey and football, the Palace of Sports, Futbolnyi Manezh arena, the largest water park in the country and Rowing House. Soon the Palace of Rhythmic Gymnastics will be completed too. And, of course, Minsk Arena, where the final of the IIHF WM 2014 was held. Vladimir Denisov, a player of the Belarusian national team, will never forget it.

Vladimir Denisov, defenseman of the Belarusian ice hockey team:
We were in different countries, but it was in Minsk where the organization was at the highest level. Minsk was unique in this respect.

In 2021, the IIHF WM will again be held in Minsk. Belarus will host the event together with Latvia. Minsk Arena is preparing for the final, which will again take place here.

Sergei Sasim, chief engineer of Minsk Arena:
Minsk Arena as a complex is ready for this event at a good level.

Praspiekt Pieramožcaŭ (in Russian: Pobeditelei Avenue) today is ultramodern, especially closer to the ring road. Soon there will be even more light installations and sculptures here.

Pavel Luchinovich, Chairman of the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of the Minsk City Executive Committee:
Many new objects appeared in this area. This gave completely new life to this part of Pobeditelei Avenue. Now we are working on the issue at a small level: I mean city lamps and benches. We think about how we can beautify the place.

Citizens:
It is beautiful. There are fountains, you can walk and enjoy yourself.

I really like the avenue, it's very beautiful.

People have places to rest: a lot of restaurants, and coffee shops.

Grigory Azarenok, CTV:
Pobeditelei Avenue is also home to the pride of modern Belarus: Victory Park and the Great Patriotic War Museum. Tune in to find out more in our next reports.

Interesting facts about Minsk: Pobeditelei Avenue