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31.10.2017

Unique dry pool to open in Minsk
Unique dry pool to open in Minsk Small dry pools with balls in trading centers are children’s entertainment, adults are not allowed there. The situation was solved in Moscow not so long ago and a big dry pool was built for adults, so that they can also have fun and relive the stress. Minsk decided to follow the idea and in a couple of days’ time such place for entertainment will be opened at 11 Masherova Street.

08.09.2017

'Ideal skyscraper' built in vulica Kastryčnickaja, Minsk
'Perfect skyscraper' built in vulica Kastryčnickaja, Minsk Walking along vulica Kastryčnickaja (Oktyabrskaya Street) in Minsk, you can notice an unusual construction. It's the perfect skyscraper. Named so by the authors of the project - young architects Ilya and Anastasia - it is meant to diversify the urban space, to bring something new and useful in it.

16.06.2017

Art Islands open on Komsomolskoye Lake
Art Islands open on Komsomolskoye Lake Giant art objects have again appeared in Minsk. This is like an avant-garde mini-world in the center of Minsk. The open air exhibition "Art Islands" has opened at Komsomolskoye Lake. The project involved Belarusian artists and sculptors, who presented to the general public 11 installations. Each figure requires a certain interpretation of the author. The artists tried to convey the unique things through an unusual form. The total weight of the exhibits is several dozens of tons, the main materials are metal and wood.

31.05.2017

Tour of Minsk's Palace of Independence: Visitors' impressions
Tour of Minsk's Palace of Independence: Visitors' impressions On May 26, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko spent a day communicating with schoolchildren. The meeting was held in one of Minsk's schools where three hundred young people and the President discussed a variety of topics. MORE: How will education system change in Belarus? It's a good practice to arrange tours to such iconic places for the most talented young Belarusians.

13.03.2017

Minsk saying goodbye to national exhibition center BelExpo, first Belarusian glass building
Minsk saying goodbye to national exhibition center BelExpo, first Belarusian glass building The exhibition hall of Economic Achievements of Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic was opened on December 27, 1968, designed upon the project of Sergey Botkovsky, Yuri Gradov and Leonid Levin. Yuri Gradov, architect, laureate of the Lenin Prize:The decision to build the exhibition hall in Minsk was taken on the 50thanniversary of the BSSR. We visited Mosсow to see the hall in Sokolniki Park, built of glass and aluminum. The Belarusian hall became nationwide and forward-looking.

15.02.2017

Coins sculpture appears in Minsk
Coins sculpture appears in Minsk Literally big money: you can't put it into your pocket or purse and even pick up from the ground. Belarusian coins have been immortalized in vulica Savieckaja. This is how one of Minsk's restaurants decided to attract visitors. The installation is a close-up of new coins introduced in Belarus in July 2016, for the first time since the Soviet Union era.

11.02.2017

What is the most attractive in Minsk Oceanography Centre?
What is the most attractive in Minsk Oceanography Centre? Are you into fascinating marine flora and fauna? Then you definitely need to see unique exhibits - animals, insects, fishand coral reefs – at the Minsk Oceanography Centre in Minsk. Alexey Azarov, Director of the Oceanography Center:It is not just a museum of the Oceanography Center. This is an area of attraction for those who are interested in sea life, marine romance and sciences. Nevertheless, the mysterious atmosphere of the oceanariumis divided bystrict boundaries. The exhibition includes five zones.

28.12.2016

Minsk planetarium starts showing spherical movies
Minsk planetarium starts showing spherical movies Alexander Mikulich, head of the laboratory "Minsk planetarium" has explained why the planetarium appreciates new and old projection equipment. Alexander Mikulich, head of the laboratory "Minsk planetarium": Modern planetariums switch to digital technologies. Computers have appeared and we can use digital projectors. We've recently purchased such projection technology: we now have a new service - full-dome projection, we demonstrate full-dome spherical movies. It is very colorful: immersive and all in 3D.

23.12.2016

Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk
Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk All Belarus is now available inside one building. The Palace of Trade Unions in Minsk has opened a museum of architectural miniatures. The Lida and Kossovo castles, Kalozha church and Brest Fortress - all in all, the exhibition includes 17 replicas of Belarusian sites. There are many more to come.

06.12.2016

The biggest thermometer in Belarus is 40m high
The biggest thermometer in Belarus is 40m high Can you imagine a multi-story thermometer? Well, the residence of this house can. They follow the swings of winter temperatures by simply passing by the thermometer on their house. The street gadget of the impressive size is installed on an ordinary house in the neighborhood Novaya Borovaya, and this has become a real local attraction! The thermometer is the highest in Belarus. The 40-meter giant can be seen from the neighborhood Uruchcha, Minsk ring road and even Independence Avenue.

01.12.2016

White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus
White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus White lions have appeared in Minsk Zoo right at the beginning of winter. The lion and lioness came from Armenia. The noble animals will live separately from their relatives, which are already considered old-timers. The predatory blondes are still teenagers in human terms. It is a male and female. The new residents of the zoo are not afraid of winter conditions. The exotic beasts spend almost all the time outside and have fun posing for visitors.

17.11.2016

The new Cathedral mosque in Minsk
Short history of Muslims and mosques of Minsk The history of Minsk Muslims through the centuries and a short tour of the incredible brand new Cathedral mosque in Minsk all in the following report. Minsk has always been a multinational city. Tatars started to settle on its outskirts at the beginning of the 16th century. Since then the North-West of Minsk had been called Tatarskaya slabada or Tatarskaye pradmescie, which means Tatars' Suburb.

10.11.2016

Mosque for 1500 people to open in Minsk on November 11
Mosque for 1500 people to open in Minsk on November 11 During the visit of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque will be held in Minsk. It will happen on Friday because Friday is a holiday for Muslims. The first mosque existed in Minsk since the end of the 16th century. However, it was closed in 1949. A new mosque has been constructed for 10 years. Today, people can enjoy the building of the Cathedral Mosque at the crossroads of Griboedova and Ignatenko Streets. The Cathedral Mosque can host about 1500 people during a Friday prayer.

08.11.2016

Belarus' MTZ presents powerful 450hp tractor in Minsk
Belarus' MTZ presents powerful 450hp tractor in Minsk On October Revolution Day, November 7, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ) presented another novelty. This is a powerful that has 450hp under the hood. At the moment, it is the most powerful machinery in the former Soviet Union. The new Belarus tractor can replace 15 conventional tractors in a field. The presentation took place during the International Team Power Extreme World Cup. The participants used the new model to set a world record - pull a 18-ton tractor 6 meters.

05.11.2016

Svisloch waterfront’s reconstruction: 19 months of repairs
Svisloch waterfront’s reconstruction: 19 months of repairs The reconstruction of the left bank of Svisloch has started in Minsk. Metal constructions are being installed to enclose the territory and paving flagstone is being dismantled. The reconstruction plan includes 100 steps. It includes replacement of a parapet, installment of new stairs and rampant, expanding bike paths. Besides the ongoing repairs of the river’s waterfront, it is planned to tidy a water area. During the reconstruction, the barge next to the Trinity Suburb will be taken away.

09.08.2016

Minsk for tourists: culture, history and night parties
Minsk for tourists: culture, history and night parties Minsk is trying to develop its tourism potential. However, the capital has only about 20 travel agencies whose primary specialization is inbound tourism. For comparison, the number of outbound travel companies is about 500. The share of Minsk in the national volume of exports of travel services is more than half - 52%. The city began to promote its possibilities to attract visitors in social networks. The number of tourists from far abroad has somewhat increased recently.

28.06.2016

Minsk resident reshaping endangered Osmolovka neighborhood
Minsk resident reshaping endangered Osmolovka neighborhood In just one day, a new metropolitan masterpiece was born in the Minsk neighborhood of Osmolovka (Asmalouka). The idea belongs to the ​​talented artist, designer and architect Maria Rudakovskaya who is taking part in a variety of urban projects in the Belarus capital.

23.06.2016

Art Island opens in Minsk June 23
Art Island opens on Minsk's Kamsamolskaje Lake June 23 On June 23, the Art Island reopened in Minsk. The project gained popularity last season. Installations placed on an island on Kamsamolskaje Lake were visited by about half a million people. On June 23, the exhibition will officially be presented in open air. These works, which are made by 16 Belarusian artists, will be on display here until Minsk City Day, which is celebrated on 10 September in 2016.

26.05.2016

Minsk Tractor Works Garden Square opens in Minsk
Minsk Tractor Works Garden Square opens in Minsk The MTZ Garden Square and the renovated Palace of Culture opened in Minsk on May 26. In celebration of the great jubilee of the plant employees planted 70 symbolic thujas, and the garden square was divided into several thematic zones. Fyodor Domotenko, Director General of OAO Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark):These thujas represent a logo of our factory, which is historic. That logo will be the central element.  

17.05.2016

Design Week in Minsk: Unusual objects adorn city and change its future
Minsk Design Week 2016: Unusual objects adorn city and change its future Each warm season decorates Minsk with some new art objects. Minsk is transformed and becomes a point of attraction for many artists, designers and architects. One of such examples is the recent Minsk Design Week. This event had already been held in Minsk earlier and by 2016, it really gained momentum.

11.05.2016

Church bells in Belarus' temples: You can become a bell-ringer!
Church bells in Belarus' temples: You can become a bell-ringer! Church bells were ringing in all temples of Belarus during the Easter week. Moreover, everyone can try oneself in a role of a bell-ringer! Everything you need is to get a blessing. Bell rhapsody sounded in many Orthodox temples and cloisters. It’s the greatest time for believers, as they rejoice at the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Orthodox Church shared its joy with the whole world. Everyone can toll a bell in the majority of Belarus' churches.

08.05.2016

Victory Day 2016: Guide to festive events in Minsk
Victory Day 2016: Guide to festive events in Belarus Belarusians are now on a long May weekend. For journalists, this week is full of festive dates, too: May 5 is Press Day and May 7 is marked as Day of Radio and Television. But the greatest holiday of the 20th century is of course marked on 9 May – Victory Day. This is a glorious date for all Belarusians - people of different professions and generations. 

05.05.2016

Alexander Kishchenko: famous Belarusian monumental artist
Alexander Kishchenko: famous Belarusian monumental artist Unique masterpieces, bright places of Belarus’ capital, tourist attractions and the pride of Minsk. Works by People’s Artist Alexander Kishchenko can be seen in all parts of the city. For instance, the mosaic picture “Partisans” has been decorating the side wall of the hotel Tourist (Turist) for more than ten years now. The canvas was created in 1973. It’s the first large-scale piece of art presented by Alexander Kishchenko to the Belarus capital. The area of the mosaic is 245 square meters and it took a couple of years to lay it out.

14.04.2016

Sergey Bondarenko, sculptor, member of Belarusian Union of Artists, laureate of the Belarus President’s special prize
Sculptor Sergey Bondarenko about childhood, horses and inspiration Sergey Bondarenko is a talented sculptor from Minsk, a pupil of the famous Belarusian sculptor Zair Azgur, and a participant of the city’s project “It’s me who…” His works are recognizable and favorite symbols of Minsk. Sergey’s talent for art appeared in the youth. The boy made good use of his time in a village. It was useful not only for health, but also for his soul. Sergey spent time with horses in a stable and made his first sculptures of plasticine. He looked curiously at insects in boundless fields and liked TV programs about nature.
Road through reeds: Nature trail appears in Minsk's center
Road through reeds: Nature trail appears in Minsk's center A road through reeds. An ecological trail has appeared in the center of Minsk. A small bridge connecting the Loshitsky Park and the neighborhood Serebryanka has been decorated with natural materials. It is noteworthy that it was ordinary Minsk residents who came up with an idea to frame the structure with tall reeds. Several young people have turned the bridge into an art installation within a short time.  The guys say the initiative did not cost a lot of money. They needed only reeds and ropes for the modest but really spectacular decoration.

13.04.2016

Marat Kazey monument in Minsk
Monumental propaganda in Minsk: Kolas, Kupala, Gorky and Lenin Lenin proposed a plan for monumental propaganda in 1918. Sculptors got government orders for monuments of heroes of that time: public figures, writers, composers, scientists, and actors. It was the beginning of Soviet sculpture school. The idea stems from the work of the Italian philosopher Tommaso Campanella “The City of The Sun” where he suggested adorning the city walls with fresco, which had to become a history lesson for the youth and served as a means of arousing public spirit.
Best street art works of Belarus
Best street art works of Belarus Belarusian street art has a worthy place on a global scale. Our artists are well-known overseas; foreign graffitists enjoy their participation in street art contests that are held in our country.

09.04.2016

Minsk’s Church of Saint Roch: interesting facts
Minsk’s Church of Saint Roch: interesting facts Did you know that there is an ”invisible” church in Minsk? It is Church of Holy Trinity, or Church of Saint Roch, situated at 44a Independence Avenue. Today, the sacred place is hidden in the courtyard of the Palace of Arts, located on Kozlova Street, and the metropolitan newspaper editorial office, located on Independence Avenue.

08.04.2016

Minsk in vicinity of Kirov Plant: history and architects’ plans
Minsk in vicinity of Kirov Plant: history and architects’ plans At first, the famous Kosharskaya square was situated in the vicinity of Minsk’s Pervomayskaya Street and Krasnoarmeyskaya Street (earlier Skobelevskaya and Okolnaya, respectively). Its name derives from the Polish word ‘koszary’, which means ‘barracks’. It was a kind of a military town. The entire necessary infrastructure was located there, including a small smithy. Later, in 1881, that smithy turned into the future Kirov plant.

19.03.2016

The Palace of Sports Uruchcha
Counting the new history of sports complex Uruchcha The Palace of Sports Uruchcha is open. Nevertheless, the history of this place  began almost 40 years ago. The modern complex has appeared on the basis of a small athletics arena. Sportsmen in only a few disciplines were training in the old arena.

24.02.2016

Ice rink in Minsk
Ice rinks in Minsk: history and present-day state The history of Minsk ice rinks started at the beginning of the 20th century. The rink in the children's park named after Maxim Gorky was flooded every year. At that time, there were few entertainments in the city. And skating was awaited with impatience. This rink was paid. Tickets cost a lot. Minsk residents from poor families went to skate on the frozen River Svislach. Nevertheless, well-dressed women and gentlemen were enjoying skating under a brass band amid multicolored lights.

17.02.2016

Stained-glass windows
Creative couple from Minsk making stained-glass windows Stained glass windows come to life in the sun glare and make unique the architecture and interiors. Painting on glass appeared in the XII century in Russia. Stained-glass windows have become a major focus of Gothic cathedrals. Most often, religious and everyday scenes were depicted on stained glass windows. Emperor Nicholas I was bringing the stained glass painting into fashion in the Russian empire in the 1820s.

15.02.2016

Traktorny quarter
Traktorny quarter in Minsk: post-war capital of Belarusian Stakhanovites Quaint low-rise buildings in elegant Stalinist baroque neighbour typical Soviet constructions. Chimneys, washing lines, lush plants on windowsills and picturesque mossy balconies add a peculiar charm to this blue-collar neighbourhood. The history of this “ideal socialist town of the 1950s” begins at the entrance of Minsk Tractor Works. 

14.02.2016

Minsk Fraternal Cemetery
Minsk Fraternal Cemetery: return of historical significance The history of the Minsk Fraternal Cemetery in the Storozhevka neighborhood starts with the first official written requests and petitions to the city government, dating from 1914. Subsequently, the Minsk City Council decided to establish a common large fraternal cemetery. In 1915, the first burials were made in the Perespa district between Starovilensky and Dolginovsky tract. The Perespinskoye cemetery was later renamed the Storozhevskoye. Nevertheless, the fraternal cemetery was forgotten after the First World War.

11.02.2016

Iosif Langbard
Iosif Langbard: man who shaped Minsk of today The architect Iosif Langbard was born to a Jewish family in the town of Belsk in the former Grodno province (present-day Bielsk Podlaski, Poland) on January 18, 1882. His father wanted him to engage in trading business. However, Iosif liked painting and decided to be an architect. He studied architecture at the Grekov Odessa Art school and at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Petrograd. In 1914, Langbard defended his graduation thesis under the title "State Council Building" supervised by the famous architect Alexander Pomerantsev.

31.01.2016

Loshitsa estate in Minsk
Renovated Loshitsa estate in Minsk welcomes its visitors A picturesque Loshitsa park is a famous recreation place in Minsk with its luxuriant flora, unique architecture and striking chronicle. The fertile land on the river Svisloch's banks was first mentioned as far back as 11th century. That was also when the first settlements appeared here, as excavations prove.

07.01.2016

Osmolovka: the first high end neighborhood in postwar Minsk
Osmolovka: the first high end neighborhood in postwar Minsk Andrey Ezerin, resident of Osmolovka neighborhood:Some Minsk dwellers know that this area is called Osmolovka. The neighborhood is named in honor of famous Minsk architecture Mikhail Osmolovsky. His project was used in order to build Osmolovka in 1940. Actually, it was the first high end neighborhood in postwar Minsk. Osmolovka was the neighborhood where military chiefs, actors of Opera and Ballet House and other famous persons lived.

05.01.2016

The movie theater Pobeda
Stalin-era architecture in Minsk (1933-1955) Minsk is famous for its post-war architecture in the style of Stalinist empire. There are lots of perfectly preserved house facades but the number of interiors in the 1950s-style is scarce. As time goes by, buildings change their purpose, but only original interior preservation together with architecture gives us a complete idea about the Soviet era. High ceilings, panoramic windows, elegant molding, huge chandeliers on chains as well as curtains make such places cozy. The cinema Pobeda is a striking example of the Stalinist architecture period.

30.12.2015

23.12.2015

Mysterious underground passages of Minsk's Upper Town
Mysterious underground passages of Minsk's Upper Town Favorite Minsk, with numerous churches and temples, is familiar to the eye of every citizen. Few people know that underground life was also in full swing in the Minsk center once. Secret passages connecting the main buildings of the historical center of Minsk, Upper Town, were a sure refuge in case of war. Secret passages appeared in the central part of Minsk in the second half of the 17th century, when the Uniate and Catholic authorities began to build up the area with their monasteries.

17.12.2015

2nd branch of Museum of Minsk History opens in Upper Town
2nd branch of Museum of Minsk History opens in Upper Town A new art space has opened in the historical center of Minsk. The second branch of the Museum of the History of Minsk is in Gertsena Street. The two-storied museum offers a variety of art objects related to Minsk's history. The lower level is under the ground. The museum is already open to the public. MORE: Museums in Minsk and Belarus

10.12.2015

Ice Room in Minsk
Ice Room opens in Minsk ahead of New Year's Eve The first icy room was opened in Minsk on December 7. This is a fairy tale residence of Father Frost. All the furniture here is made from ice. Father Frost is going to receive his guests here during Christmas and New Year time. Olga Tishkevich, author of the idea:We all want some fairy tale, some magic, snow, frost on the New Year’s eve. It all can be found here, in this icy room. The forecast for the New Year day is rain and slush. It seems to me that this room will be the coldest place in Minsk.

09.12.2015

National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk
History of Belarusian science The history of Belarusian science began at 15 Revolutsionnaya Street, where today the Embassy of Sweden is located, in the1920s. On 30 January 1922, the Institute of Belarusian Culture (Inbelkult) was opened. It was a period of the humanities’ prosperity and impressive researches of Belarusian ethnic group, its history and culture. The substantial contribution was made by the historian, the Moscow State University graduate, one of the organizers of Inbelkult, Vladimir Picheta. He published more than 150 works on Belarusian history.

07.12.2015

Minsk embroidery girl graffiti into world's top 10 November graffiti
Minsk embroidery girl graffiti into world's top 10 November graffiti A popular Minsk graffiti on the wall of the building in 15 Rabkorovskaya Street, painted by British-Australian street artist Guido Van Helten, has entered the top 10 most popular graffiti in the world, according to Streetartnews. The image made by Guido during the festival of monumental art Urban Myths finished in eighth position. Another recent graffiti, Angel of Death, has divided the local residents.

02.12.2015

Grushevka neighborhood
Grushevka neighborhood of Minsk: Rebirth or disappearance? Grushevskaya Street has never changed its name, which is a rare occasion for Minsk toponymy. During the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945, part of WWII in Soviet historiography) it was called Brestorstrasse. In the late XIX century, a lot of single-store wooden houses were built in Grushevka. It was a village for railmen.  Citizens started to settle here in the 1870s. Railmen of those times could afford a house. The district was prosperous.

30.11.2015

Uruchye neighborhood in Minsk
Uruchye neighborhood in Minsk Uruchye neighborhood is one of the most beautiful in Minsk. Here you can find not only diverse architecture (from panel and red brick houses to the Twin Towers) but also large green areas. It’s difficult to imagine today but until the 1980s, comfortable residential area Uruchye was a settlement situated on a hilly marshland. 
Houses of famous Belarusian artists in Minsk
Houses of famous Belarusian artists in Minsk The house at 36 Karl Marx Street (Minsk’s center) is where many famous Belarusian writers lived, including Yanka Maur, Pyotr Glebka, Ivan Shamiakin, Uladzimir Karatkievich and others. Readers know and love a national writer Ivan Shamiakin. World War II played a very important role in his formation as a word master. Almost every book is imbued with this topic. He lived together with his wife and four children in this house.

24.11.2015

In Minsk Zoo
Minsk Zoo’s inhabitants being prepared for winter The Minsk zoo’s inhabitants are carefully preparing for the winter. The zoo’s staff pays special attention to every animal so that they could survive the cold as comfortable as possible.

01.11.2015

Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum in Minsk
Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum is one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945, part of WWII in Soviet historiography). History and modernity are combined here on the area of 4,000 m2. Everyone will find something for themselves in this museum.

28.10.2015

Belarusian National Technical University
Renovated BNTU sports complex: swimming pool with the purest water in Minsk, conditions for disabled people and Museum of Sports Glory The issue of lack of available water facilities by location and price will be resolved soon. It is planned to build a chain of budget pools in Minsk. According to Andrey Potev, first Deputy head of the Physical Training, Sports and Tourism Office of the Minsk City Executive Committee, there are 221 pools in Minsk nowadays, which is not enough for a big city. In this regard, the Minsk City Executive Committee has decided to build additional pools in the districts of Minsk.

28.09.2015

Minsk residents decide upon city’s main symbol
Minsk residents decide upon city’s main symbol Which building Minsk residents consider the main symbol of the city? Minsk residents:The Palace of the Republic. Minsk’s Gates at the Railway Station. The Palace of Independence. The Holy Spirit Cathedral. The National Library – it's the only one in the world, so unusual, interesting, and beautiful. I think the Opera and Ballet House is our pride.

21.09.2015

Street Art Festival Vulica Brasil in Minsk: Graffiti masterpieces Minsk is a vibrant city. This was once again proved by the recent Belarusian-Brazilian street art festival. After the success of 2014 Brazilian art returned once again to give Minsk another bunch of presents.
Mounds in Minsk: What do they hide?
Mounds in Minsk: What do they hide? For tourists such small elevations are unremarkable and even many locals pass by them every day not realizing that they are walking across a pagan cemetery. The mound of Kievan Rus is located in the district Yugo-Zapad in Newspaper Zvezda Avenue, opposite house number 32, building 1.

24.08.2015

The first petting zoo opens in Minsk
The first petting zoo opens in Minsk The first petting zoo opened in Minsk on August 22. Petting zoo is a special type of zoo in which kids and their parents can not only see but also touch and sometimes even feed representatives of the animal world: ponies, Cameroon goats, deer, raccoons and others.  The zoo also showcases dozens of species of parrots, guinea pigs and hedgehogs. Especially popular are rabbits - there are more than five types of them in the cage. ​Some small visitors decided to not only to feed the animals but compete in loud crying.

05.08.2015

Chapsky family forest in Minsk: over 480 species of plants, Murray pine and oak with unique shape
Chapsky family forest in Minsk: over 480 species of plants, Murray pine and oak with unique shape Birdsong does not subside, branches of old trees intertwine and the fragrance of unique plants captivates. Incredible harmony and magical atmosphere. You seem to find yourself in the middle of the play on a mystical massive green alley, with soft light and fanciful trees surrounding you.

31.07.2015

Dinosaur Park opens in Minsk Zoo July 31
Dinosaur Park opens in Minsk Zoo July 31 Dinosaurs come to Minsk... An unusual park opened in Minsk on July 31. It is unique for Belarus. The installation is located on the territory of the capital's zoo.  Now you can see Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and other species of dinosaurs.  All in all, there are 35 reptiles on exhibit who inhabited our planet millions of years ago. The exhibits will become more realistic thanks to electronics hidden inside. When visitors approach the dinosaurs, they begin to move and growl.

15.07.2015

Minsk district Pleschanka history names of new streets and near-term prospects
Minsk's historical district Pleschanka: Old names of new streets Pleschanka. This is how the area bounded by the current streets of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht (then it was Matveevskaya Street and Little Lutheran) was called 100 years ago. The Musical Theatre, from which the current Pleschanka begins, was built in the 80s, but on the old basis. Before the war the streets of Clara Zetkin housed the garment factory October, then it was renamed several times and became the association Sukno (Cloth).

08.07.2015

Minsk buildings with medical past: from Suvorov Military School to Minsk Treasury
Minsk buildings with medical past: from Suvorov Military School to Minsk Treasury Today the TV program Minsk and Minsk residents will deal with the buildings that have medical past. The first point of our journey together with our guide, doctor Olga Kulpanovich is the Minsk Suvorov Military School, which used to be a hospital.

29.06.2015

New open-air exhibitions turn Minsk into single cultural space
New open-air exhibitions turn Minsk into single cultural space Jazz evenings at the Town Hall and an open-air gallery. In the summer, Minsk turns into a great cultural space. How to join the beautiful for free? Minskers like the exhibition of contemporary art on the fence of Chelyuskintsev Park. This summer, the audience will experience the atmosphere of Niasvizh Castle and enjoy its interiors.
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in opening ceremony of Trostenets memorial complex
Alexander Lukashenko takes part in opening ceremony of Trostenets memorial complex The memorial complex "Trostenets" was opened on June 22, on the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War in Belarus. By the number of the dead, the concentration camp, which was located in this place, was on a par with Buchenwald and Auschwitz. During the Great Patriotic War, more than 200 thousand people were killed here.  Brest also welcomed Patriarch Kirill, who was on a visit in the complex. The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church served a memorial prayer service at St. Nicholas Garrison church.

25.06.2015

New sculpture Invention of the Mother of God Icon appears in historical center of Minsk
New sculpture Invention of the Mother of God Icon appears in historical center of Minsk The symbol of the city in Christian art! The historical center of Minsk is now adorned by one more sculpture "Invention of the Mother of God." A transparent obelisk imitates river water. Upon it is a boat resembling a white dove. Inside this dove is an icon. The monument in Zybitskaya Street symbolizes the Invention of the Minsk Icon of Our Lady.  According to a legend, in 1500, an icon of the Mother of God was found in the Svisloch River. Her face later formed the basis of the coat of arms of Minsk. 
First public garden opens in Belarus capital Not far from the capital's gallery in Independence Avenue, there opened the first public garden. Six months ago, this place was a heaven for weeds. But volunteers and environmental activists have managed to create an agro-miracle - a public garden, which is a kind of cottage area for townspeople. After all, not everyone has dachas! There, you can grow juicy vegetables, fragrant flowers, improve the environment, and also get useful tips on gardening. Urban vegetable gardens in Europe is a real trend.
Memorial stone to WWII victims unveiled on the site of the former Jewish cemetery in Minsk A memorial stone commemorating victims of the Second World War was opened June 24 at the site of the former Jewish cemetery in Sukhaya Street.  It commemorates hundreds of Jews, who in June 1942 were deported from Königsberg and East Prussia and ended up in the Minsk ghetto. The concentration camp "Trostenets" became their last refuge. Taking part in the opening ceremony were relatives of the victims, former prisoners of ghettos and concentration camps, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps in Germany and Israel.  

30.04.2015

Yanka Kupala monument
Minsk in Belarusian writer Yanka Kupala’s life His magic lyric poetry comes alive in music. His creativity is the real chronicle of the life of Belarusians. Minsk became home for Yanka Kupala. It was a city of his friends and a studio for work. Troitskoye suburb and picturesque Svisloch. The first meeting of the poet with Minsk took place there. In 1890, the Lutsevich family from Vyazynka arrived in the big city. Father Dominic rented a house at the intersection of Alexandrovskaya and Naberezhnaya streets. He became a craftsman, and the little boy was sent to a private school.

31.01.2015

Minsk between WWI and WWII
The history of Minsk between WWI and WWII Unfortunately, there is not enough information about interwar Minsk. We can learn about the period of the 1920s-1940s with the help of several documents. For example, Sergey Pisetsky, a Polish writer who was a spy, made a very interesting and accurate description of interwar Minsk. Minsk became the center of belligerent Europe. Initially destroyed by war, Minsk was lawless. Goods were in short supply in stores. Markets were empty, too. A kilo of salt was sold for a kilo of sugar and butter. A monthly salary of a working man was not enough to pay for a meal.

29.12.2014

Oktyabrskaya (Kastryčnickaja) Square in Minsk Nearby metro station: Kastryčnickaja (blue line) or Kupalaŭskaja (red line). Note that this is in fact the same metro station (transfer from one line to the other). More on the Minsk subway

22.12.2014

Minsk Sea (Minskoye More Lake) HOW TO GET TO MINSK SEA From the center of Minsk, take the highway Minsk - Molodechno (journey time is about 25 minutes).  Another option is a train service from the Minsk railway station in the direction of Molodechno to the stop "Minskoye More". ***

17.12.2014

Park of Stones in Minsk This place has not officially received the status of a museum, but has been considered as such for nearly three decades. You will hardly meet anything like that in other capitals of Europe.  Only Lithuania has created a similar museum, but it is several times smaller than that in Minsk. Here are several interesting facts about the museum.  ***

24.06.2014

Urban games in Minsk
Urban games in Minsk: These guys know every inch of the city Aleksei has known these city games for a long time. He has been playing and organizing them for about 10 years. He knows Minsk like the back of his hand. Let`s check it! The first destination – the Alley of Friendship. We are by no means interested in the famous avenue of chestnut trees. Our attention is focused on the "sign of spiritual kinship of the countries of the world." As it turned out, it was not that easy to find it.

24.04.2012

Church of the Holy Spirit in Minsk: Place for newlyweds Created in the style of Northern Renaissance in the 17th century, the original temple was meant to be a part of the architectural ensemble, along with the square, the City Hall and the trade arcade. The Church of the Holy Spirit belonged to a monastery complex. Back at the beginning of the last century, it was the major Orthodox church in the city and was destroyed in the 1930s. The only part to survive was the foundation that was saved along with all the archaeological finds.

21.05.2010

More than 300,000 one-liter bottles needed to fill up the biggest fountain in Minsk There are more than 100 fountains in Minsk and with each year this number is increasing.  The season of fountains has been officially opened. Furthermore control-gears are getting more complicated. The fountains are getting bigger, stronger and more beautiful. In some mysteries ways the fountains make the city more attractive. With their beating pours they infuse a fresh spirit into it, bring the city architecture back to life. Minsk residents make appointments near them, come to have a rest and just feast their eyes upon these marvels of engineering.