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07.02.2016

Minsk during the rule of Czapski
Count Czapski’s contribution to Minsk’s development He gave Minsk residents an opportunity to read the first local newspaper, called Minskiye Gubernskiye Vedomosti (Minsk province news), wander in paved squares under streetlights, and even use a telephone. All that was possible thanks to Count Czapski, who was the governor of Minsk from 1890 till 1901. During his governorship, a lot of economic and cultural reforms were carried out. That period of rapid development in the city’s history will be remembered for a long time.

04.02.2016

National Airport Minsk 2nd runway to be suitable even for Airbus A380
National Airport Minsk 2nd runway to be suitable even for Airbus A380 The new runway at National Airport Minsk will be 60 meters longer than the existing one and the concrete cover will be two times thicker, which will allow Belarus to take the world's largest passenger aircraft Airbus A380. "It will be capable of receiving all aircraft types that exist today. Moreover, the equipment installed will be the most modern, and thus aircraft will be able to land at virtually any visibility," said representative of the Department of Aviation of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Valery Bolbotunov.

03.02.2016

Tourist flows in Belarus up thanks to visa regime relaxation
Tourist flows in Belarus up after visa requirements simplified Over 50% of Minsk's residents are engaged in sport on regular basis. Running, hardening and street workout have become more affordable and accessible for young people.
Travel cards in Minsk for 10, 15 or 30 days now available from any date
Travel cards in Minsk for 10, 15 or 30 days now available from any date Tickets for public transport in Minsk for 10, 15 and 30 days can be purchased from any date from February 5, said Deputy General Director for Economics of the state enterprise Minsktrans Irina Yakubovskaya. At present, you can purchase tickets for certain number of days and only from a certain date. For example, a monthly pass is valid from the 1st of each month. A pass for 15 days is valid from the 1st and 15th of each month. 
New information boards in Minsk subway Minsk subway has presented new information boards. A map of the area with a detailed description of neighborhoods, the main lines of ground transport, shops and utilities now greets passengers on subway stations. Each subway exit has its number (generally 1-4 but there can be more if a station has more exits).

01.02.2016

Public transport hours to be reduced in Minsk in 2016?
Public transport hours to be reduced in Minsk in 2016? The working hours of Minsk's public transport may be cut later this year, said director of Minsk Transport and Communications enterprise Valery Shkuratov.

28.01.2016

Polish tourism industry interested in cooperation Brest region's health resorts Poles are interested in cooperation with the health resorts of the Brest region. Representatives of tourist agencies of Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz and Bialystok want to engage with Belarusian health resorts and wellness centers.  They are interested in the Brest region's medical facilities, health centers and medical opportunities. The first agreements on cooperation have already been concluded. The parties plan to establish further contacts. 

26.01.2016

Snow castle built in Park of Peoples' Friendship in Minsk
Snow castle built in Park of Peoples' Friendship in Minsk A new castle has appeared in Minsk. However, the royal house has not been built for centuries. Apparently, the snow castle in the Park of Friendship of Peoples will disappear in a few days due to warmer weather. The creators used the cold weather in Minsk as an opportunity to show their skills. To carve out the white castle, which height is three meters and a total area is 12 square meters, the snow was compacted into a cube during two days, and then sculptors carved out of a wall, a carriage and a little princess.
Year of Culture in Belarus: Main events in 2016
Year of Culture in Belarus: Main events in 2016 Belarus has approved a plan for the Year of Culture. Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk, the International Film Festival Listapad and the theater art forum TeArt will be the highlight of the year 2016 in Belarus. The material and technical base of cultural institutions will be further strengthened. Restoration works in the Church of Corpus Christi in Nesvizh will be finished.
Intellectual transport system for Minsk
Intellectual transport system for Minsk Minsk is going to use the intellectual transport system. The road project is being developed on the initiative of Minsk's traffic police together with their Chinese counterparts. The first example of the smart technology is a device detecting incidents and helping in route orientation.  Its work in the test mode at the intersection of Partizansky Avenue and the Minsk ring road has already proven its worth, experts and drivers say.
Flu epidemic not expected in Belarus in 2016
Flu epidemic not expected in Belarus in 2016 Flu epidemic in Belarus is not expected, doctors forecast in 2016. Over the past seven years, the number of flu diseases has decreased in 52 times thanks to vaccination.  In 2016, flu shots were used by more than 40 percent of Belarusians, which is the best result not only of the post-Soviet space, but also in the European Union. For comparison, in Ukraine the number is only 0.3%. In Belarus, the peak of the disease usually comes in late January and early February.

25.01.2016

Zaslavl becomes Minsk's satellite town: What does it mean for tourism?
Zaslavl becomes Minsk's satellite town: What does it mean for tourism? Chairwoman of the Zaslavl city executive committee Svetlana Kartasheva has given an interview to the TV program Week on the CTV Channel. Svetlana, what does the status of a satellite town mean for Zaslavl?

24.01.2016

What is so appealing in Belarusian health resorts?
What is so appealing in Belarusian health resorts? The tickets to the holiday centres by the river Neman are sold out despite the winter season. Furthermore, one third of holidaymakers are from abroad. Why are western visitors lured to Belarusian health resorts? Lyubov Kopteva from Moscow Oblast came to the Neman recreation centre for the first time. She claims her friends have spent several vacations here, and rumour mill is known to be the best advertisement.  

21.01.2016

Biggest exhibition of exotic birds in Belarus underway in Minsk's Botanical Garden
Biggest exhibition of exotic birds in Belarus underway in Minsk's Botanical Garden Exotics at arm's length. The greenhouses of Minsk's Botanical Garden are hosting Belarus' largest collection of exotic birds. Parrots are from far away: Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Africa and South America. Some birds can utter whole sentences. For example, the macaw parrot named Kesha. It is the largest in the collection, with a height of more than a meter. By the way, these birds live up to 70 years. The smallest one is Katarinka. The emerald baby is only 16 centimeters long. Other birds are a few species of cockatoos and Rosella.

20.01.2016

Kaliadny Kirmash fair in Minsk to run until March 13
Kaliadny Kirmash fair in Minsk to run until March 13 Kaliadny Kirmash fair in Minsk continues. The fair near the Sports Palace will continue to run until March 13. The fair is open from 12 pm to 9 pm. Now the product range will change depending on a particular calendar holiday. Anastasia Primakova, public relations specialist of the Main Department of the consumer market of Minsk City Executive Committee:We are monitoring the calendar of various events and celebrations. Accordingly, we will offer different products each time. For example, for February 14 or Women's Day.
Parade of planets to be seen from Belarus January 20
Parade of planets to be seen from Belarus January 20 The parade of planets will be seen today, January 20, in Belarus. The five brightest planets visible to the naked eye will form a single line. The unique phenomenon, which was last seen 10 years ago, can be observed during about 30 days. The only thing that can prevent you from seeing it is bad weather or deep sleep.

18.01.2016

Minsk among the most popular cities for Russians' New Year holidays
Minsk among the most popular cities for Russians' New Year holidays Minsk has been named among the top 10 New Year holiday destinations for Russians.  This ranking has been compiled by a Russian online travel service. Together with the Belarusian capital, Prague, Tallinn, Riga, Berlin, Helsinki, Rome, Vienna and Warsaw got into the list. In addition, Minsk has become the most popular city for trips to the CIS countries. The rating was compiled using the number of hotel bookings for January 1-10 by tourists traveling on their own.
Free admission to history museum of National Academy of Sciences until end of January
Free admission to history museum of National Academy of Sciences until end of January The Museum of History of the National Academy of Sciences is open to everyone. Until the end of January 2016 admission to the museum is free. The 100% discount is timed to the Day of Belarusian Science, which is celebrated on January 27. The museum contains more than 3,500 exhibits that reflect the history of the formation and development of science. The outstanding achievements of scientists are presented here too.  Of particular interest are models of unique devices and samples of new materials created by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

17.01.2016

Bison life in Bialowieza Forest available online
Bison life in Bialowieza Forest available online Now you can watch bison online. A live broadcast camera has been set up in Bialowieza Forest near Bialystok. It is located near a forage area in the Polish part of the primeval forest.  You can watch the behavior of animals even at night. Along with bison other animals can be seen, like deer, wild boars, foxes, martens, and hares.

14.01.2016

Minsk ahead of Rome and Moscow in Life Quality Index
Minsk ahead of Rome and Moscow in Life Quality Index Scientists have ranked European cities in terms of quality of life. The top three includes Zurich, Munich and Edinburgh. Minsk is ahead of Rome, Kiev and Moscow.  According to the index of safety, Minsk is 6th. Topping this list are Munich and Zurich. Warsaw is in 9th place, Kiev in 34th and Moscow in 39th. Turin is at the bottom of the ranking.  

11.01.2016

Decreased penalties for drivers in Belarus? The Belarusian Interior Ministry has initiated the liberalization of the Administrative Code for motorists. In particular, it is suggested not to punish drivers for minor speeding (from 10 to 20 kilometers per hour). Another proposal concerns car accidents about which drivers have the right not to inform the traffic police. Now drivers can settle the problem not calling police after a minor car accident if material damage does not exceed 400 euros. This amount may be increased up to 1,000 euros.
Minsk 2015
Minsk 2015: Major Events of the Year Belarus emerges from winter holidays - Catholic and Orthodox Christmas and the New Year’s Eve - so it’s perfect time to look back on 2015 and remember the major events of the bygone year. In 2015, Minsk became a city of the world’s hope. The leaders of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine came to Belarus to find a way to solve the Ukrainian crisis. Everything was meticulously prepared by the President of Belarus for hosting the talks between President Putin, Chancellor Merkel, President Poroshenko and President Hollande.
Belarus makes gastronomic map for tourists
Belarus makes gastronomic map for tourists Belarus has made a map of the country's gastronomic tourism. There, you can see place where you can taste authentic national dishes. The electronic version will be available on the Internet.  The map also has an appendix with a culinary collection, which will include about 100 recipes of Belarusian national cuisine.

10.01.2016

Largest ice rink in Minsk near National Library
Largest ice rink in Minsk near National Library Want to feel real freedom? Are you a lover of winter fun and hockey? Here's a perfect activity for you near one of the most famous sights in Minsk, the National Library. The largest skating rink in Minsk has recently opened here following a streak of really frosty days. The ice rink is 140m long and 80m wide. Young hockey players often hold tournaments here. By the way, the rink will be working around the clock.
300 artists and 16 nations at January Music Nights festival in Brest
300 artists and 16 nations at January Music Nights festival in Brest More than 300 artists from 16 countries have gathered in Brest for the international festival "January Music Nights". It is carried out for the 28th time. The classical marathon was opened by world-class stars: the first flute of the opera houses in Milan and Rome Antonio Amenduni and choir Cantatrix from the Netherlands.   Not only academic classics are in the festival program. The American Jazz Quartet of Gary Guttman will devote their performance to the creativity of the famous pop singer Anna Herman.
Сonfectionery factory tours
Belarusian industrial tourism: potential profit Well-developed industry in Belarus could have brought unexpectedly large profits. On the other hand, if one digs deeper, such an outcome isn't surprising. Industrial tourism is popular in many countries. However, in Belarus, it is rather underdeveloped, despite the presence of scores of plants and factories that could lure sophisticated Europeans. One may just as well take advantage of such prospects. No doubt a master class in driving a BelAZ truck or making the famous local marshmallow is rather pricey. The correspondent Yana Shipko calculated the potential profit.

06.01.2016

New transit registraction plates in Belarus from February 14, 2016
New transit registraction plates in Belarus from February 14, 2016 Belarus has introduced a new form of temporary car license plates. The relevant document was published on the National Legal Internet Portal. The new transit number is significantly different from the 2009 version. The letter "T" will be replaced by the "BP" (temporary admission to participation in traffic). The series BA will replace the AB series. Sample of 2016 Sample of 2009
-25°C and northern lights in Minsk
-25°C and Northern Lights in Minsk Residents of the western outskirts of Minsk for several nights are watching a unique natural phenomenon to our latitude. Outwardly, it resembles the aurora borealis. This amazingly beautiful optical phenomenon was explained by scientists. Almost polar -20°C complements the picture of the first days of January in Belarus. 
New technologies for Minsk ring road
New technologies for Minsk ring road Minsk ring road will become literally intelligent. Such an intelligent transportation system is being introduced on this road. Inspectors are convinced that the new technology will help reduce the number of accidents. Minsk traffic police have big plans to ensure the safety of all road users. This is why about fifty traffic lights all over Minsk have been recently installed.  One of the main objectives is to keep safe children who go to school and back home.

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.

04.01.2016

Billboard in Minsk
“This is Me Who…” billboard project in Minsk Billboards with the photos of Minsk‘s citizens have recently appeared in Minsk. The Minsk Executive Committee has presented its new social project called “This is Me Who…”. Billboards are featuring the posters with the photos of people from various professions: metro station workers, sound engineers, artists, and creators of street art.
New Year in Georgia
New Year in Georgia: CTV correspondent meets 2016 in Batumi This New Year's Eve on the planet was marked by a mass of weather surprises. This was also the case in Batumi. The city's airport was closed and the CTV crew, who went there to make a report about New Year in Georgia, were not able to make it home on time. Food market in Batumi has food for every taste: Ajarian tangerines, churchhela and all kinds of meats and cheeses. And you can try all of this and also get spices as a gift.
Tourist event calendar for 2016 created in Belarus
Tourist event calendar for 2016 created in Belarus A calendar of tourist events for 2016 has appeared in Belarus. It includes events in the capital and regions, which may be of interest to visitors to our country. These are concerts, exhibitions, theater forums, folk festivals and sports events. Each month there will be about 10 of them in the calendar. In the course of the year this list will be updated.

30.12.2015

Ski resort in Belarus
Belarus' major ski resorts open season as snowy weather comes The major ski resorts of Belarus have opened the winter season as the snowy weather has finally come to the country. On December 30, the Logoisk resort opens doors for winter sports enthusiasts.  However, for now, only the training side and track No4 will open.Other slopes are to open in the nearest future. The ski resort in Logoisk entered the top three in the CIS, according to Russian tourists.
MTZ tractor parade to be held in Minsk December 30
MTZ tractor parade to be held in Minsk December 30 In the evening of 30 December, an unusual New Year parade will take place in Minsk. A colorful procession of MTZ tractors will be held near the MTZ plant. The latest and the most famous examples of agricultural machinery with a festive tuning will appear in all their glory. A concert is then planned at the Christmas tree near MTZ. An unusual laser show will adorn the spectacle. A spectacular fireworks display will be the highlight of the celebration. MORE: MTZ plant in Minsk

29.12.2015

New Year show in Upper Town
3D New Year show staged in Upper Town Fabulous metamorphosis. The concert hall Upper Town became a multimedia platform for numerous Christmas scenes. The audience could enjoy flying walls, facades and dancing Santa Claus, who gladly communicated with the public despite being only a 3D model.  This was a New Year gift of the city's leadership to all residents and guests of Minsk. Please watch video for more details.
Security tightened in Belarus ahead of New Year celebrations
Security tightened in Belarus ahead of New Year celebrations During the New Year holidays, Belarusian law enforcers are going to tighten security all over the country. Public event venues will be traditionally cordoned off. You will be able to get there through special security checkpoints.  
New Year illumination in Gomel
Belarus' brightest New Year symbols Catholics celebrated Christmas, not only Catholics. This is the uniqueness of Belarus that one family can celebrate with pleasure both Catholic and Orthodox Christmas and also the New Year's Eve.   Children:We want snow! We would like to go sledding but there is no snow at all! No iPhones or tablets. In 2015, children have much more earthly desires. December was almost without snow. Instead of snow drift there were puddles everywhere with grass again turning green. Santa Claus even had to replace a sleigh with a coach.

28.12.2015

Renovated sports complex in Uruchcha neighborhood to open in March 2016
Renovated sports complex in Uruchcha neighborhood to open in March 2016 Two swimming pools, a gym, sauna and spa will be available in the renovated sports complex in the Uruchcha neighborhood, which is going to reopen to welcome the first visitors in March 2016. Minsk residents and guests will be able to use the whole package of services: all kinds aqua procedures, fitness classes, aerobics, football and table tennis.
Dmitry Ryabov, meteorologist
Fabulous weather, 2-8 degrees below zero on New Year's Eve in Belarus Chief of the hydrometeorological forecasts department of the National Center for Hydrometeorology Dmitry Ryabov told the TV program Week about the weather on the forthcoming night. Dmitry, good evening. First and foremost, of course, we would like to know about the weather in Minsk on 31 December, the New Year’s Eve.

24.12.2015

Children's railway
Children's Railway launches Christmas Express in Minsk Christmas Express is available in Minsk thanks to the Children's Railway, who opened a season of holiday travel for kids and their parents. The daily Christmas train will operate from the station Zaslonovo station Sosnovy Bor. Animators will be working in festively decorated cars and at the terminal stop children will met Father Frost, Snow Maiden and other fantastic characters.
Turkey airport
Explosion in Istanbul airport not to affect Belavia schedule An explosion occurred at the airport of Istanbul on December 23. It is possible that it was a terrorist attack. One woman was killed after being wounded in the head. Another person is heavily injured. According to one version, the explosive device could be in the cabin. The other version has it that the bomb was brought in a car. Now the police are looking for it. No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

23.12.2015

Igor Marzalyuk, doctor of historical sciences, member of the upper chamber of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus adopts black diggers decree Belarusians are now forbidden to buy, sell, give, exchange and put in pawn archaeological artifacts. Excavation with the use of metal detectors is now possible only with a special permission. This week the President signed a decree, which is designed to help preserve the cultural heritage lying literally under our feet and, of course, to deal with so-called "black diggers". For the man in the street a "black digger" is anyone who takes up a metal detector and a shovel but for real hunters such term is akin to a personal insult.  
Winter photos of Belarusian nature by Anatoly Dribas
Winter photos of Belarusian nature by Anatoly Dribas Though Anatoliy Dribas is not a poet, he can be safely called a "scribe" of Belarusian nature. With a camera, he traveled almost the whole Belarus in order to capture the beauty of "the land under the white wings." Among the thousands of different images winter landscapes occupy a special place. Looking at them you feel light frost sneaking through the skin, and the cool breath of wind. It is hard for photographers to work in winter. This is not only weather but also remoteness of some places.
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.
Father Frost residence to open in Minsk December 23
Father Frost residence to open in Minsk December 23 Today, on December 23, a residence of Belarusian Santa Claus, Father Frost, opens in Minsk. The house of the fantastic character will be open for visitors in the Gorky Park daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Young visitors can read poems, sing songs, dance and solve puzzles. Every child will get a gift from the magic chest.    The Santa Claus house will be open until January 7.
Political satire exhibition opens at National History Museum
Political satire exhibition opens at National History Museum The National History Museum is hosting an exhibition of political satire and caricature. It presents the works of the graphic artist and columnist of the newspaper SB - Belarus Today Oleg Karpovich.  His texts and pictures appear in the press weekly. The artist chooses the most pressing themes of each week. You can see the artist's vision of politicians, diplomats and well-known major world events.   
New border crossing point Peschatka to open at Belarusian-Polish border December 23
New border crossing point Peschatka to open at Belarusian-Polish border December 23 The latest technology and engineering controls. Today, December 23, the new crossing point Peschatka will open on the Belarusian-Polish border. Representatives of the Customs and Border Committee of Belarus and the European Commission will get familiar with modern technical means of control and dog services.  There will be demonstrated a new automated system of admission of persons, goods and vehicles, which main feature is the absence of necessity to issue paper vouchers. 

22.12.2015

'Belarus. Country for Life' promotional video
'Belarus. Country for Life' promotional video On December 21 in Minsk, the Ministry of Information presented the video "Belarus. Country for Life." A large team of professionals were working on the video, including young and talented actors with experience in movies and advertising. Cast: Pavel Shepyolkin, Olga Reptukh, Darya Soroko, Matvei Rubin, Galina Kukhalskaya and Alexander Brukhatsky. The video is, in fact, a mini-movie about Belarus. This clip will be broadcast by national and foreign TV channels.

17.12.2015

Belavia launch Minsk-Kharkiv-Minsk flight
Belavia launch Minsk-Kharkiv-Minsk flight A new flight of a Belarusian national carrier will connect Minsk and Kharkiv. This will be the third city in Ukraine Belavia makes flights today, after Kiev and Odessa.      The new flight is going to become beneficial for the air carrier.  There have been no regular flights between Minsk and Kharkiv since the late 80s. Special focus is on transit passengers from Russia to Ukraine, who have cut all air ties due to the ongoing conflict.
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

16.12.2015

Bolshoi National Academic Theater
International Christmas Opera Forum kicks off in Minsk Opera enthusiasts have been waiting for this event for one year! The International Christmas Opera Forum kicks off in Minsk on December 16.  The grand celebration, which will last five days, will gather performers and musicians from 22 countries.  They will present to the public the best performances of Belarusian and world famous theaters.  The opera forum will open with The Tsar's Bride by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The immortal work will be performed by soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Venera Gimadieva. 
Tamer Mallak, cameraman of the CTV Channel
Syria's destroyed monuments exhibition underway in Minsk An unusual photo exhibition in Minsk features real look at the events of recent times. The exhibition is dedicated to the destruction of historical monuments and relics in war-torn Syria. The militants have no respect for millennial heritage, while for peaceful Syrians the destruction of the sacred places is a real tragedy. By the way, filming the material was the CTV Channel's operator who is from Syria.    Ayman Abazah, businessman:The word painful is too mild a word. This temple was not only destroyed, it was just torn apart.

15.12.2015

New Year tree in the center of Minsk
New Year and Christmas firs lit up in Minsk The New Year tree illumination in Minsk has more than 700 light motives. About an hour ago, the main Minsk New Year tree was lit up and appeared before passers-by in all its beauty. About 500 large garlands have been used to light the tree. Each year new designs are used. New bright lights can be seen also near the Loshitsa park, Komarovsky market and Pobediteley Avenue. By the way, the lights on the main Christmas trees also lit up in Gomel and Grodno. Photo: family.by

14.12.2015

Belarus' Bird of the Year 2016: Goldeneye
Belarus' Bird of the Year 2016: Goldeneye This black and white duck is recognized by a large head, short beak, resonant voice and whistle of the flapping wings. It does not build a nest on the ground but occupies hollows of old trees along lakes, rivers and forest ponds. It dives to a depth of 4 meters and eats aquatic invertebrates. The surname of the famous Russian writer also comes from the name of this duck - Gogol (English: goldeneye). Ordinary goldeneye became bird of the year in Belarus in 2016 overtaking Sand Martin, swallow and rook!

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

3D mapping show in Minsk's Upper Town in December
3D mapping show in Minsk's Upper Town in December A 3D mapping show will come to Minsk for the first time. On the eve of the Christmas holidays, this 3D mapping will adorn the facade of the concert hall Upper Town.  The protagonist of the interactive program will be Santa Claus.  All in all, more than 200 celebrations will be held in the Belarus capital. In the New Year's Eve, concert venues throughout the city will work from 23:00 to 24:00.  Minsk may extend the working hours of eateries and some services, including transport.
Belavia suspends flights to Sharm el-Sheikh from December 10
Belavia suspends flights to Sharm el-Sheikh from December 10 The Belarusian national air carrier Belavia has suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh. They will be temporarily stopped from December 10 for commercial reasons. The airline has not said about the length of the pause. On December 9, an aircraft will fly to Egypt to take tourists from a resort. The decision was made about a month ago, on the basis of applications of travel agencies.  The number of those wishing to go to holidays to Sharm el-Sheikh has reduced. The air company says it it now unprofitable to make flights on half-empty planes.
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.
Winter weather extremes in Minsk and forecast for New Year’s Eve
Winter weather extremes in Minsk and forecast for New Year’s Eve First weather forecasts for Minsk and observation of weather fronts changes started in 1846. However, there was no precise data as the equipment was very simple. Everything was changing with the lapse of time. The weather as well. Modern equipment permits to control temperature changes online. For the years of observation, Minsk was recognized as the warmest city in Belarus. It’s a bit colder in the residential districts next to Minsk Beltway. Tsentralny and Zavodski Districts are the warmest.

08.12.2015

Belarus 2nd best in farm tourism development
Belarus 2nd best in farm tourism development The world famous magazine National Geographic has noted Belarus’ achievements in the field of rural tourism. Only Italy runs ahead of Belarus in the world list of farm tourism development. Belarus’ 2nd place is absolutely justified. There are 20,000 rivers and 10,000 lakes in Belarus, meanwhile forests occupy 36% of the territory and national parks 7%. In Belarus you can relax in a sauna, ride a steppe horse, and forge a bow and arrows.

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.
Belarus and Serbia expanding cultural, tourism ties
Belarus and Serbia expanding cultural, tourism ties Belarus and Serbia are expanding their cultural and tourism relations. The sides agreed to hold the Days of Minsk in Belgrade. They will take place in the spring of 2016. The return event - Days of Belgrade - will take place in Minsk in the autumn.  This will strengthen trade and economic relations between the two countries and expand cooperation in culture and tourism. According to experts, all conditions have been created for this. Belarus and Serbia enjoy a visa-free regime. In addition, public transport links have been established at a high level.
Week of Belarusian cuisine in Minsk starts December 7
Belarusian cuisine week in Minsk on December 7-13 Want to taste cuisine with Belarusian national flavor? Are you into pancakes, bulbyaniki and curd? Minsk is hosting Week of Belarusian cuisine, which started today, December 7. A number of traditional dishes at a single price and a single recipe will be offered by more than 100 restaurants, bars and cafes in Minsk. This is not the first attempt to popularize Belarusian national cuisine. The menu is updated each time. The main conditions are the reasonable price and strict compliance with native Belarusian recipes. The week of Belarusian cuisine lasts until December 13.

02.12.2015

Belarusian nuclear power plant gets mobile app
Belarusian nuclear power plant gets mobile app A special mobile application "NPP in plain sight" (Russian: АЭС на ладони) has been developed in Belarus. It can be used to study the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, which is now under construction: look inside, learn how it works, go through the virtual corridors of the station and find out about the Belarusian nuclear power plant’s security system.
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. 
Minsk Railway Station Square: from pine forest in 19th century to global recognition in 21st
Minsk Railway Station Square: from pine forest in 19th century to global recognition in 21st Railway Station Square is situated on the place where in the XIX century there was a pine forest. The Libau–Romny Railway was opened here in the 1870s and since then the life of the Mensk of that time (now Minsk) changed drastically.
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.

29.11.2015

Gomel airport benefits as Russia-Ukraine airlinks cut
Gomel airport benefits as Russia-Ukraine airlinks cut The Gomel airport is gaining popularity among European airlines. Interest in the air harbor grew after the closure of air links between Russia and Ukraine.  Companies carrying passengers found Gomel a suitable place for establishing indirect air links between Ukraine and Russia. It is the closest city to the borders of the two states. The scheme is already being used by airlines from Austria, Germany, Malta, Qatar, Serbia, and Slovenia. 

26.11.2015

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.
Minsk police has switched to a special alert regime after Paris attacks
Who is responsible for Belarusians’ safety Law enforcement officers noticed a significant increase in the vigilance of Belarusians after the latest world events. Our citizens are more likely to report to the police about ownerless and suspicious objects. In Vitebsk, during one day, there were four cases of evacuation. In the capital, two metro station exits were blocked because of the forgotten shopping bags. These were false alarms but the work of those who is responsible for our security and citizens’ vigilance is not in vain.
Car in Belarus gets cute warm sweater reminding drivers to change to winter tyres
Car in Belarus gets cute warm sweater reminding drivers to change to winter tyres Winter is coming and some motorists worry about whether their cars feel comfortable. Gomel traffic police have decided to sew a warm sweater for a car, the only such in Belarus. Thus the traffic police have chosen such an unusual way to remind car enthusiasts of the necessity to change summer tyres. Seamstress Yulia Kovaleva has dressed her car in bright clothes.
Minsktrans company about new travel passes
Changes in Minsk's public transport payment system by end of 2015 It is expected that an hourly public transport fare will be introduced soon in the Belarusian capital. Moreover, it will become possible to get a monthly travel pass from any date and for any number of days. According to Elena Romanova, head of the economic department of the public transport company Minsktrans, a monthly travel pass for a full month or a ten-day period will be replaced by travel passes for 30, 15 and 10 days.
Visa-free regime between Belarus, Israel enters into force
Israeli citizens can stay in Belarus 90 days without visas A visa-free regime entered into force between Belarus and Israel on November 26. The corresponding intergovernmental agreement was signed in Minsk in September 2014. Now Belarusians will be able to stay in Israel without a visa for 90 days within 6 months from the date of first entry. Israeli citizens will be able to remain in Belarus without a visa for the same period of time.

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.

23.11.2015

Nesvizh
History club Clio from Nesvizh museum awarded UNESCO status The club of fans of history and culture Clio, which is based at the National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Nesvizh, has received the status of the UNESCO club. Its members are engaged in research activities: work in the library and over the Internet. At this club, the youth can discuss the problems of the history and culture of the area. The participants repeatedly assisted restorers in working with coins and ethnographic objects. 

22.11.2015

Belarus' first barrier-free playground opens in Minsk
Belarus' first barrier-free playground opens in Minsk Belarus' first barrier-free playground opened in Minsk. It is a true gift for children with disabilities. A slide, horizontal bars, steering wheel, distorting mirror and a seating area designed especially for children with disabilities. Everything here is made of soft materials and wood. The opening of this playground is timed to the 15th anniversary of the National Rehabilitation Center.

20.11.2015

Who announces stops at Minsk's public transport?
Who announces stops at Minsk's public transport? Public transport stops are usually announced by a professional speaker or an actor, whose voice was once noticed among hundreds of others. Minsk residents hear these people thousands of times. Now let's take a look at them in real life! (video timecode 0:00) A new voice of the ground transport, Alexander Krapinevich, had to rewrite the phrase "Please, mind the closing doors!" 15 times. It was hard to reproduce the manner of the previous announcer, Eduard Danchenko, who did it strictly and friendly at the same time.

15.11.2015

Minsk-Kiev: Belavia opens additional flights
Minsk-Kiev: Belavia opens additional flights A new flight has connected Kiev and Minsk. The Belarusian national air carrier began to operate flights in this direction three times a day instead of two. Previously, all the aircrafts landed in Boryspil International Airport, but now they head for Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany), which is closer to the centre of the city. The aircraft carries about 60 passengers. A Minsk-Kyiv flight takes 50 minutes.

11.11.2015

New cute bronze sculptures appear in Minsk
New cute bronze sculptures you shouldn't miss in Minsk Recently, new bronze compositions have enriched the beauty of Minsk. All the students of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University named after Maxim Tank know the sculpture My First Teacher. This person helps to take first steps into the world of science. Artist Alexander Shomov and architect Dmitry Bubnovsky are the authors of the sculptural composition. My First Teacher
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.
New exhibits in Modern Belarusian Statehood Museum
New exhibits in Modern Belarusian Statehood Museum The inauguration ceremony of the Belarusian President took place on November 6, 2015. In this connection, the Modern Belarusian Statehood Museum has presented the exhibits connected with the 2011 inauguration ceremony. The museum stores a copy of the Belarusian Constitution that is used during the inauguration ceremony. Moreover, everyone can touch it to feel its amazing power.

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.

29.10.2015

Caravanning becoming more popular in Belarus
Caravanning becoming more popular in Belarus Caravanning is becoming a popular type of travel in Belarus. It’s not only practical, comfortable and interesting but it also helps to save on package tours, hotels and excursions. There are all the necessary facilities in a recreational vehicle. So-called caravanners can enjoy the beauty of Belarusian landscapes from the windows of their own vehicles. Recently, this popular movement has been developing rapidly. There are over 3,000 travel trailers and recreational vehicles in Belarus; 700 of them are registered in Minsk.

28.10.2015

Borisov Arena – breakthrough in Belarus' football stadium construction
Borisov Arena – breakthrough in Belarus' football stadium construction This new architectural symbol of Belarus can be compared to a spacecraft that landed among pines on the Borisov outskirts. For someone it resembles a flying saucer, for others Swiss cheese, and sometimes building sides are compared to a fish scale and snakeskin. A new stadium design was developed in 2010 by the Slovenian architectural company Ofis Arhitekti. Creative architects Spela Videcnik and Rok Oman chose a stadium in Maribor to be a prototype of the new arena but with its own individual unique features.
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.

27.10.2015

Minsk general development plan: changes up to 2030
Minsk general development plan: changes up to 2030   A lot of changes have been done due to adjustments in the capital housing policy. Now the construction will not be of the same scale since the emphasis is put on the improvement of infrastructure in the existing areas.
Preparations for 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Minsk
Preparations for 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Minsk 35 years ago the XXII Olympic Games were opened in Moscow. For the first time the Olympics took place in Eastern Europe and for the first time they were held in a socialist country. Minsk, the capital of Belarus, was one of the cities where the competitions were held. It took much effort to prepare the city and improve its infrastructure for the Olympics.

26.10.2015

Minsk-Odessa flight opens The new flight Minsk-Odessa of Belarusian airlines is designed for tourists, businessmen, as well as transit through our country. Convenient and regular service will definitively affect trade between Belarus and Ukraine and cooperation in the tourism sector.

15.10.2015

Indonesia introduces visa-free regime for Belarusian tourists
Indonesia introduces visa-free regime for Belarusian tourists Indonesia has introduced a visa-free regime for Belarusians. It applies to tourists who are planning to stay in the country for more than 30 days, reports the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. For visa-free entry into Indonesia a Belarusian must show a return ticket and a passport which expires in more than six months.
Minsk new master plan presented October 14, put up for public discussion
Minsk new master plan presented October 14, put up for public discussion Minsk will not grow geographically. The prospects of development of the city are being discussed citywide these days during the presentation of the advanced master plan of the capital. Its preparation took several years. And now, the document was submitted for public discussion. But the number of stories in houses will increase. 

14.10.2015

Election in Minsk in late XIX century: Balls instead of ballot papers and three terms of Count Chapsky
Election in Minsk in late XIX century: Balls instead of ballot papers and three terms of Count Chapsky In 1870 Emperor Alexander II approves the reform of municipal government. He introduced such institutions as the electoral assembly, the Duma and the council, which solved the problems of the improvement of Minsk. All the organs of municipal government became elective. The right to elect was given to all the inhabitants of the Russian empire, regardless of their social status, but they had to own property, be older than 25 and have no criminal record. The City Duma appointed elected officials and established fees and taxes.

13.10.2015

Days of Chinese culture underway in Belarus
Days of Chinese culture underway in Belarus Belarus is holding Days of Chinese Culture. Belarusians will be able to get acquainted with the art of oriental costumes and plunge into the Qin Dynasty era.  On October 13, in the Kupalovsky Theatre, the audience will see the first performance of a play about a fearless warrior who in the fight with enemies does not spare his life. Bright decorations, impeccable acting and the extravaganza of light and sound will create a unique atmosphere.

12.10.2015

Tourists about Minsk and its attractions
Tourists about Minsk and its attractions The Upper Town got its name in the XVI century, although people began to inhabit it much earlier - in the XII. The richest and most influential citizens lived here. The Upper Town remained a creative and business centre until World War II. Then, a lot of architectural monuments were badly damaged and lost their original appearance. Over the years, the Upper Town managed to restore its historical appearance. The Town Hall was restored, a concert hall in the Holy Spirit Church was opened, Zybitskaya street used to be empty came to life.

11.10.2015

FAMOUS BELARUSIANS. TV PROGRAM I AM WALKING ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Famous Belarusians. TV program I Am Walking Across The Country People who glorify Belarus in the world can be treated as Belarusian gold. Their victories and achievements are not measured only in medals. Belarus is rich in talented people in different fields: from Olympic champions to the Nobel Prize winners, from astronauts to genius artists, from the first printer to world famous politicians. I'm walking across the country to find out the names of those who inscribed their names in Belarus' history.

10.10.2015

Largest flag of Belarus now in Museum of Belarusian Contemporary Statehood
Largest flag of Belarus now in Museum of Belarusian Contemporary Statehood The largest national flag of Belarus will become part of an exhibition. On October 9 one of the main symbols of our country was given to the Museum of Modern Belarusian Statehood. Guests of Minsk could see the record size flag in October Square of Minsk on City Day September 12. The nearly 300kg flag in the center of Minsk was being held by a few hundred people for several minutes. It occupied an area of ​​4,000m2. This compares to a football field.  It took almost three weeks and three kilometers of fabric to create the man-made masterpiece.

06.10.2015

Hotel for Dogs opens in Minsk region
Hotel for Dogs opens in Minsk region A hotel for dogs has opened in the Minsk region. An unusual institution was organized by several well-wishers. The hotel welcomes dogs whose masters need to travel away from Belarus for a while. The initiators of the zoological hotel equipped comfortable cages and every day prepare food for the guests. Physical training lessons are also provided. By winter, more enclosures with heating will appear.

05.10.2015

Urban Myths – Minsk’s new street art project
Urban Myths – Minsk’s new street art project Belarusian street art gains grounds in the world. Our graffiti artists become known abroad, foreign artists go to Belarus with pleasure. The idea of ​​a new international project "Urban Myths" is as follows: foreign artists come to Minsk without preliminary sketches, they walk around the city for three days, exploring the sights, getting acquainted with residents – so to say, plunge into the atmosphere of the capital and create their original paintings. Such Belarusian street art project through the eyes of foreign artists is a new format.
Sculptures on Minsk’s buildings: their meaning and history
Sculptures on Minsk’s buildings: their meaning and history The capital’s Parthenon - the Palace of Culture of Trade Unions. It was built in 1953 by architect Yershov, sculptures were created by Selikhanov, Glebov and Popov. The the representatives of professions and athletes reflect the spirit of the times.

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