Streets and squares in Minsk


Vulica Kastryčnickaja: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary
Vulica Kastryčnickaja: Promo video for Minsk's 950th anniversary Elizaveta Khilkevich, author of the guide "My First Book About Minsk":Take-away coffee, yeast smell and streetcars that no longer ply this route. In the 20th century the street was a typical industrial corner of Minsk and no one could think that in the 21st century it will become one of the most favourite places for Minsk party-goers!


Interesting facts about Minsk: Pobeditelei Avenue
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.


Interesting facts about Minsk: Independence Square
Interesting facts about Minsk: Independence Square On the eve of the 950th anniversary of Minsk, correspondents of "Minsk in Detail" will tell you about the most iconic objects that have changed the face of the Belarus capital. The first big report is about Independence Square. This footage is famous all over the world: 1944, July 3... The Nazi swastika falls from the House of the Government of Belarus. This is Lenina Square, now Independence Square. From this moment the place became a true symbol of freedom.


Complicated history of Kollektornaya Street
Complicated history of Kollektornaya Street Kollektornaya Street, in spite of such an industrial name, is actually one of the oldest streets in Minsk. It was founded in the late 60s of the XIX century. In 1868, the old Jewish graves were moved to this area. At that time, the Jewish cemetery was located on the territory of modern stadium Dinamo. Sergei Kharevsky, art critic, historian of architecture:Many older tombstones were moved here. And this street, which arose along this cemetery, originally and until 1919 was called Moiseyevskaya. It was in honor of the prophet Moses.


Plans for Minsk’s reconstruction
Plans for Minsk’s reconstruction The city planners told about their plans for the transformation of the central part of Minsk within the first ring road. Now the project is being coordinated by the Ministry of Culture of Belarus. Architects were talking about such proposals not for the first year. However, the embodiment of the plans was only possible in modern conditions. Special attention will be paid to the preservation of historical and cultural heritage. Experts propose to remove transportation from Svobody Square and organize a unique historical area.


I love Minsk: New light installation on Khoruzhey Street
I love Minsk: New light installation on Khoruzhey Street New Year’s atmosphere under the autumn rain. The first Christmas tree bazaar opened in September, and the first metal constructions of Christmas trees are being installed in Minsk. Moreover, a confession of love to Minsk in the form of new light installation on Khoruzhey Street will please the eye throughout the year. Such installation are common thing for many European cities. Tourist take photos with them with great pleasure. During the night, the installation is illuminated and it’s easy to find in the city.


Origin of names of Minsk’s streets
Origin of names of Minsk’s streets Some historic event could become a reason to change a name of a street. 


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.


History of Krasnoarmeyskaya Street in Minsk
History of Krasnoarmeyskaya Street in Minsk The name of the street is directly connected to the revolution in Russia in 1917 and the creation of the Red Army. The street got its name in 1919, and today, Minsk residents call it in the same way. The architectural image of the central part of the city is the result of the radical turn. Historical buildings are used for different purposes, and the street itself changed its name a lot of times. Thus, Kasharskaya, its first name, derives from a Polish word which means barracks. They used to be located in the vicinity of the modern Kirov plant.


History of Kalinina Square in Minsk
History of Kalinina Square in Minsk The name of Mikhail Kalinin (a soviet politician and party official, 1875-1946) wandered around Minsk for a long time; a part of Niamiha was named after him until the beginning of the 1950’s, but in the 1960’s it went over to a street and a square in the eastern part of the city. Kalinina Square is the fifth square in Nezavisimosti Avenue. The design of the square was developed in 1953. And the first contours of the square started to show up a few years after. A straight range of columns of Minsk Botanical Garden appeared in 1957.


Unique courtyards of Minsk
Unique courtyards of Minsk This place where trees are growing now used to be a waste area some time ago. Sergey Ostapenko, a carpenter at the Housing and utilities administration in Pervomaisky district of Minsk, remembers planting trees here at subbotniks (days of volunteer work usually held on Saturday) together with his parents and neighbors when a schoolboy.


How Stalin’s stay in Minsk changed city’s fate
How Stalin’s stay in Minsk changed city’s fate These are shots of German newsreels from August 1941. Adolf Hitler is flying over occupied Minsk. He is looking towards the Government House and campus buildings from the window of his plane. In four years, the same region faced another protagonist of World War II who stayed in Minsk. It was Joseph Stalin. The head of the Soviet Union rarely left the country, but it was a special case then.


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.


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. 


Minsk and Minsk Residents
History of CTV Channel’s TV program Minsk and Minsk Residents In 2002, a TV program called Minsk and Minsk residents started a chronicle of the city. Episodes made about the history of Minsk’s streets, buildings, and prominent Minsk residents still remain of current interest.


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.


Rakovskaya Street in Minsk
Rakovskaya Street in Minsk Rakovskaya Street, one of the oldest streets in Minsk, is hidden from the eyes of passers by modern high-rises. This street was formed on the place of the road to the town of Rakov and was the artery of the Rakovsky suburb, which is now one of the historical sites of Minsk. Mikhail Zhikh, chief engineer of the unitary enterprise Minskaya Spadchina:This street was central. This was one of the main trade routes to ancient Minsk, which ran through the suburb to the Nemiga River till the Lower market.


Krasnoarmeyskaya Street in Minsk: hotel Paris and first Belarusian swimming pool
Krasnoarmeyskaya Street in Minsk: hotel Paris and first Belarusian swimming pool Krasnoarmeyskaya Street. Its name is closely connected with the October Revolution events in 1917 and the creation of the Red Army (Krasnaya Armiya). Since 1919, this street has been known as Krasnoarmeyskaya. The architectural design of this city center part is also a result of drastic changes. Now the historical buildings serve for new purposes and the street has been renamed several times. Its first name was Kasharskaya Street – from the Polish “kazarmy” (in English – barracks) as earlier there had been many barracks on this street.


Minsk's Mozhaiskogo Street named after plane inventor
Minsk's streets named after aviators The pulsating heart of Belarus - Minsk - is beating thanks to almost 2 million people. The capital's life spreads over 1,200 streets and alleys, one third of which is named in honor of great people. And while the names of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Lenin immediately bring some images in mind, the rest of streets are named in honor of people who are less famous. Minsk native Vladimir Molozhavyi has been studying the hometown for six decades. But recently Vladimir found the street which name is very vague.


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).


Zolotaya Gorka neighborhood in Minsk The neighborhood Zolotaya Gorka (literal translation is Golden Hill) extends from the Palace of Arts to the present philharmonic society and the military cemetery in the 18th century. According to a romantic legend, this place was thickly planted with trees, in autumn golden leafage covered the hill with a picturesque carpet. Pragmatists claim that local merchants buried their money and jewelry there, which is why the hill was named golden.
Season of fountains to open in Minsk April 30
Season of fountains to open in Minsk April 30 The Victory Ball in Minsk will gather about 500 veterans. The organizers tried their best and decided to organize the holiday in the blue lights format. After the ball, veterans will enjoy aquatic extravaganza.  Fountains in Minsk today will wake up after winter hibernation. Especially since this time, the event is timed to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. The season will start near the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where one of the largest fountains of the city will start working.


Retro Minsk. Historical names of Minsk streets and squares Let’s get on the horse tramway from Sobornaya Square to Alexandrovskaya Street, watch silent films in Eden cinema on Zakharyevskaya Street and have a rest at the cycle track in Governors Garden. Every Minsk resident in the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century knew this journey. Nowadays, however, this itinerary is represented in the following way: drive from Svobody (Liberty) Square to Bogdanovicha Street, call on the central shop in Independence Avenue and relax in Gorky Park.


Kirova Street: one of Minsk’s oldest streets Everyone who lives in Minsk is familiar with Kirova Street. It starts from the railway station and leads to the center of Minsk. Kirova Street is one of the oldest and the most beautiful streets of the city. Every building in this street is like an architectural monument. Two famous towers, called City Gates, open the way to the city and to Kirova Street. There is a lot of hustle and bustle here, because its location is close to the railway station.


Minsk’s Nezavisimosti Square 1.5 times bigger than Moscow’s Red Square The construction of Nezavisimosti Square (Independence Square) began in the 19th century. Its location between the city center and a railway station made for it. The most famous pre-revolutionary building is Church of Saints Simon and Helena. At the end of 1920s a tender for the House of Government design was held in Minsk. Iosif Langbard’s design was chosen. Along with the building Iosif designed the square for demonstrations and military parades.


International Women's Day: What streets in Minsk bear women's names? Spring comes and it is easier to breathe. Minsk streets are filled with aroma of tulips and mimosas, and girls become the main adornment of the city. Which streets in Minsk carry female names? Let us ask passers-by. Minsk residents:Lesya Ukrainka Street, Clara Zetkin Street, Rosa Luxemburg Street... Maryinskaya Street, Nadezhdinskaya Street. Vera Kharuzhaya Street. We have such an urban settlement in the Minsk region as Maryina Gorka.


Bridge leading to the Island of Courage and Sorrow in the Svisloch river
Minsk's Svisloch river embankment named in honor of Afghan war veterans Tribute to the longest war of the 20th century. The embankment of the Svisloch in Minsk was named in honor of soldiers-internationalists (Afghan war veterans). In Russian, it is pronounced as "Naberezhnaya Voinov Internatsionalistov". This is an area stretching between the artificial Island of Courage and Sorrow in the Svisloch and the point where Melnikaite Street is joined by Pobeditelei Avenue. This initiative was previously proposed by the Minsk city organization of war veterans "Memory". 


Kalvariyskaya Street: The tandem of modernity and history Despite its shortness, Kalvariyskaya Street is considered to be one of the most important transport corridors of Minsk. In 1915, due to the separation of the Stalinski, Voroshilovski and Kaganovichski districts, a new neighborhood appeared in the north-western part of Minsk. Frunzensky District was named after the first chief of Minsk police - Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze.


Karla Liebknechta Street
Karla Liebknechta Street Every former Soviet city has such a street. It’s a link between Zhukova Street and Clara Zetkin Street. It’s not easy to find out about its history. Time erased all traits of the past. The old part of Karl Liebknecht Street (modern Clara Zetkin Street and Lermontova Street) was formed at the end of the 19th century. It had wooden houses. Mostly people of Lutheran belief lived here. That’s why its first name was Lutheran Street.


Kakhovskaya Street in Minsk
Kakhovskaya Street in Minsk You can find Kakhovskaya street in the Tsentralnyi district of Minsk. It appeared in the 1950s, when the quarter was being built. The cinema Kiev, Kievsky Square and the adjacent Shevchenko boulevard give a clue about the origin of the name of the street. The district is a kind of part of Ukraine on the map of Minsk. The street is named after the town of Kakhovka, which is located in the Kherson region of the neighboring Ukraine.
Minsk side streets: Biaduli Street
Minsk side streets: Biaduli Street Fancy side street intersections is a typical feature of Minsk city. The chaotic nature of housing and small districts abundance with narrow “alleys” that later turned into side streets, caused such a city planning. From 1860 to 1897, the Minsk area grew tenfold. There were around 200 streets and side streets. Markovsky side street (now Zmitraka Biaduli Street) is one of them.


The history of Pervomaisky quarter in Minsk Let's stroll along the Pervomaisky quarter and explore its history. From the center we are walking down along Krasnoarmeiskaya Street. In the course of two centuries it has changed about four names, and all were connected with the army. The street got its present name Pervomaiskaya in 1923. The name of the street has not changed since those times.


National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre
Minsk residents about city’s squares Minsk is a spacious and wide city due to its squares. Nezavisimosti Square takes a place of honor among Europe's largest squares. It occupies 7 hectares and is famous for the largest monument to Lenin in the countries of the former USSR. Nezavisimosti Square Let's see if citizens of Minsk know where the largest square of our country is.


Rakovskoye suburb
History of Rakovsky suburb The aroma of sweet rolls and the smell of fresh watercolors, narrow streets and the brick architecture of the 19th century. Rakovskaya Street is the favorite place of filmmakers and the cradle of Belarusian painting. The history of the Rakovsky suburb goes back to the 11th century. During the time, a chain of houses formed a street. Locals called it Rakovskaya not without purpose.


Old paving stones in Minsk streets
Old paving stones in Minsk streets. Where can you find a piece of the past? Until the 16th century Minsk streets did not have any pavement. In those days the sewage system did not exist and all the sewages poured out on the streets. There was plenty of wood and people made pavement from it. And in the late 16th - early 17th century, first paved yards appeared. Sergei Tarasov, Candidate of Historical Sciences, archaeologist:First paving stones appeared in the late 18th century. And those who drive into the city had to pay a road tax.


Invisible squares in Minsk - United Nations Square
Invisible squares in Minsk 8 Marta Square (8 March Square) Many Minsk citizens do not know about the existence of 8 March Square even when they are there. However, do not blame the local residents. There are no traditional monuments in this place dedicated to Lenin or Stalin and so on. Besides, this triangle area does not justify its name. There are not many attractions there – just a pavement and a lawn. The place was overshadowed by the Niamiha subway station inauguration.


Look for arches in Minsk and make wishes under them! Not so many old houses with arches remained in Minsk but all of them are echoes of the Stalinist era. Such “walk-through” buildings appeared in Minsk during the postwar period, but the origin of this architectural element has its roots in antiquity.


Revolyutsionnaya Street in Minsk One of the most beautiful ancient Minsk streets - Revolyutsionnaya Street (former Koydanovskaya Street), runs down from the Upper Town to Gorodskoi Val Street. Its classic low-rise buildings conjure up images of old Europe. This street appeared on the map of Minsk in the 16th century. The first description of houses dates back to 1530.


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


Myasnikova Square in Minsk: Violate traffic rules to explore it Myasnikova Square is located in the Oktyabrsky district of modern Minsk. This place on the map of Minsk is located in the heart of our city. It is surrounded by many important buildings, such as the Ministry of Finance, the presidential library, Sendai Public Garden and the main building of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University. Nearest metro station: Plošča Lenina [Lenin Square]. ***


Transformations of Minsk's Plekhanova Street This is one of the main roads of the Serebryanka district, Minsk. The district has been under construction for a very long time. Plekhanova Street stretches from Partizanski Avenue to Yakubova Street. There used to be a very long and wide ravine with a very beautiful name Serebryanyi Log (Silver Ravine). In the 19th century, it was a very popular outing place among Minsk residents. During World War II, 80% of dwelling houses were ruined. After the war, the construction of low storey houses seemed to be the only reasonable solution to the housing problem.


Kastus Kalinouski
Kastusya Kalinovskogo Street and All Saints Church in Minsk The street in honor of the Belarus revolutionary democrat, the thinker and the publicist, appeared in the capital only in 1963. A hundred years after the fatal January Uprising (1863-1864). Kalinouski is often called “the most outstanding person in the Belarus history”. He was the first person to raise the issue of Belarusian people’s rights and revival of Belarus’ statehood in a hundred years of intervention.