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
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
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
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
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
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.
'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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New scientific center opens at Belarus' natural complex Krasnyi Bor
Private investment in science. On the territory of the natural complex Krasnyi Bor in Vitebsk region, there has opened a new research and practical center. The primeval forest reserve are inhabited by rare and endangered animals. Among them are deer and bison.
Laboratory research will not only help save species, but also find the best approaches to game management. However, scientists are not going to be limited by only Krasnyi Bor's fauna. The studies of the private research center will be used throughout the country.
Minsk Metro Museum
A long-awaited subway museum was opened in Mogilevskaya metro station. The exhibits were collected bit by bit by metro workers.
Let's start our excursion. Welcome to the driver’s cabin. By the way, any visitor can sit in it.
Grigory Yakimkov, Minsk Metro chief engineer:
What are Belarusians proud of? CTV's documentary "I Am Walking Across The Country"
Belarus. Belaya Rus [White Rus] ... Why is it white? It's blue-eyed – as it’s a region of lakes. Or green – as it’s a country of forests and marshes. It differs not only in color. It’s the Republic of guerilla warriors, the country of stocks, cornflowers, bisons, castles ... What is the main symbol of Belarus? What is the national heritage of Belarus? I’m walking across the country to find out what our people are proud of and what is remembered by Belarus’ guests.
Inscriptions on Minsk’s buildings: history and peculiarities of calligraphy work masterpieces
The tradition of the inscriptions on buildings has been known since ancient times. Signboards used to indicate the function of a building or the date of its construction.
The letters inscribed in stone certainly capture our attention. This is a kind of brand name of a building, because each letter used to be manually cast by craftsmen.
Here it’s a flower shop in Independence Avenue where our mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers bought bouquets .
Belarus welcomes millionth visitor to Milan EXPO 2015 booth
The Belarusian pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan has welcomed the millionth visitor. Italian Silvia Costanzo was presented a certificate and prizes. She was also given a tour of the exposition!
Belarus at Expo places emphasis on the national character and richness of our native land: water, bread and salt.
Discovery channel shoots Bialowieza Forest documentary
Belarus attracts the attention of the world community not only thanks to the upcoming presidential elections. The Minsk agreements on Ukraine have entered into the history of diplomacy - the presidents of various countries will certainly mention them at the UN General Assembly meeting, due in a couple of days. The President of Belarus has also gone to the USA.
Two-hour long Vilnius-Minsk travel from 2016
From Vilnius to Minsk in 2 hours. The Belarusian Railways started the electrification of the section from Molodechno to the state border of Belarus and Lithuania. The works will be completed next year.
A Chinese company that will supply electrical equipment is involved in the project. Financing will be carried out using mainly a loan of the Export-Import Bank of China. Electrification of the railway is being carried out in Lithuania too.
Climate in Belarus changing: Winters come later and springs earlier
Winters in Belarus have become shorter, summers hotter and autumn longer! The climate in Belarus is really changing. This is a proven fact.
Since 1989, the average temperature has increased by 1.1 degrees.
One out of three agro-climatic zones has collapsed completely. One zone emerged instead near the Polesie region: it has an extended growing season and is characterized by milder winter.
Museum quarter to appear in Minsk
The Museum Quarter will soon appear in Minsk. It will be similar to Rome and Amsterdam.
A beautiful building with columns - National Art Museum - was established at the initiative of the Director Elena Aladova in 1957. It was the first museum building in the vast Soviet Union designed by the architect Baklanov. (This is thanks to the efforts of Aladova that you can see a unique collection of paintings in 19 halls; her memorial portrait greets us at the entrance).
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.
National History Archive of Belarus: 11.5 kilometers of shelving and 624 year-old document
A place where history lives. The National Historical Archives of Belarus is the largest repository of documents not only in Belarus but also in Central and Eastern Europe. It has traced its history since 1938. And despite the military upheavals and social changes it managed to save a lot of things.
11.5 kilometers of shelving and 4,5 thousand square meters. Here, special sound, heat, temperature and humidity conditions are required. The most ancient document is 624 years old.
"Quiet, clean, beautiful and great!" What do foreigners think about Minsk?
Day in Minsk in Milan is a kind of European presentation of the European capital. Today, nobody would argue that Minsk is not only not inferior to many European cities, but sometimes looks more advantageous.
And this goes not only to Minsk during celebrations, like the one during this weekend when Minsk is celebrating its 948th birthday. It was 948 years ago when Minsk was first mentioned in "Tale of Bygone Years".
11th Architecture Festival in Minsk (photos)
The large-scale event to mark the 80th anniversary of the Belarusian Union of Architects and the World Day of Architecture aroused keen interest not only among professionals but also among ordinary citizens and guests of the Belarusian capital. And this is just one of the goals set by the organizers of the XI National Festival of Architecture Minsk 2015.
Minsk City Day 2015: Security peculiarities
Minsk is ready to celebrate the city day. The celebrations, which will take place next Saturday on September 12, will last for the whole day.
The City Day will feature more than 60 cultural events across the capital. They include the international festival of historical reconstruction, a gala concert of choral music, master classes from craftsmen and dishes of medieval cuisine. The end of the holiday the spectators will be offered a colorful fireworks display.
Belarus' largest outdoor gym appears in Minsk
The largest street workout area in Belarus has appeared in Minsk. It is located in the new Mikhail Pavlov Park, named after the late mayor of Minsk.
The outdoor gym occupies five hundred 500 m2 and features more than 20 facilities for training. Up to 40 people can do exercises here at the same time (watch video for more details).
Great Patriotic War Museum named best architectural work in Belarus
The Museum of the Great Patriotic War has been named the best architectural work in Belarus. These are the results of the competition held as part of the National Festival of Architecture.
The highest award went to Creative Workshop of Viktor Kramarenko, which was the birthplace of this unique project.
Small Grand Prix was awarded to a team of authors from Mogilev. The jury appreciated the project of an administrative and business center, designed in the regional capital.
Hainan, China's only island with tropical climate
China has an island where people live until a hundred years old, do not sew or forge anything but are still considered Chinese citizens. Our special correspondent Irina Martyanova has details from Hainan.
Adventures of Chinese in Belarus: CTV channel organizes tour for guests from China
Some Chinese believe that the best holidays are... in Belarus. The CTV channel has organized a tour of Belarus for two Chinese citizens.
Wang Jia and Li Shen ask to call them simply: Nadia and Lesha (two Russian names). From the first minutes of dialogue, the level of their Russian language surprises us. Both turn out to be experienced translators.
Wang Jia:This is a beautiful country, real nature, people are very hospitable and kind.
XI National Festival of Architecture opens in Minsk
Music carved in stone. Famous architects from 35 countries of Europe, Asia and South America came to Minsk. The XI National Architecture Festival opened for the first time in Minsk in the open air. The exhibition site is located near the Town Hall and Oktyabrskaya Square.
The forum program includes a lot of competitions, exhibitions, workshops and street performances.
During the festival, the results of the Biennale of young architects "Leonardo" will be voiced. It is known that a Belarusian is also among the winners.
Minsk hosting street art festival featuring works of four Brazilian artists
Brazilian open-air in the streets of Minsk. The capital is hosting a festival of street art. In 2015, it involves four internationally renowned artists from the South American continent. Several Minsk buildings became the canvasses for their masterpieces.
The settlement center in Kalvaryiskaya Street and the residential building in Kalinin Street are now brimming with new colors.
Visa-free regime between Belarus, Israel to take effect November 26
Visa-free regime between Belarus and Israel will take effect from November 26. This was announced during the meeting of the Foreign Minister of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, with the Ambassador of Israel. The meeting was held in connection with the termination of the diplomatic mission of Iosif Chagall.
The diplomat handed over a note on the implementation by the Israeli side of the internal procedures necessary for the visa-free regime's entry into force. Belarus made it back in January.
XI National Architecture Festival to be held in open air in Minsk center
The 11th National Architecture Festival will be held in the open air in the center of Minsk for the first time, said August 27 the organizers of the forum.
Sketches of future Minsk buildings will be on display in the Upper Town and in October Square in less than a week.
Taking part in the forum will be both honored architecture masters and beginners from more than 20 countries. The festival program includes a variety of exhibitions, a children's drawing competition, various workshops and round tables.
Minsk City Day 2015: from international half marathon to 12-minute firework show
The first Minsk International Half Marathon will feature nearly 20,000 participants. This vivid sports event is devoted to Minsk City Day due on September 13.
On the capital's birthday, Minsk residents will also be able to visit competitions in rowing and canoeing, combat sambo and swimming. Family relays will be held in each district of the city.
About 3,000 people register for Minsk International Half Marathon
Three thousand people have already registered for Minsk International Half Marathon (in Russian: Polo Marafon). It will become the most important sporting event dedicated to the City Day.
The September 13 run will be attended by both professional athletes and untrained runners.
In addition, for the first time in the history of Belarusian running movement, participants of the Minsk Half Marathon will run through the heart of the capital: Nezavisimosti Avenue and Pobeditelei Avenue, Karl Marx Street and Trinity suburb.
Belarus abolishes visas for Chinese: Boost for bilateral relations?
To Belarus without a visa. From August 24 citizens of China may enter Belarus without a special passport mark. However, the term of their stay here should not exceed three days. This order applies to those Chinese citizens who come from China on a direct flight and have in their passports visas of an EU state or the state that is member of the Schengen area.
Flights to Moscow from National Airport Minsk now 7 times a day
A new flight to the Russian capital. On August 24, another flight was added to the schedule of National Airport Minsk. Now aircraft on the route Minsk-Moscow-Minsk will take off from the Minsk airport seven times a day.
Passengers have been offered the most comfortable time for travels. Air passenger traffic has grown as compared to the January 2015 data. Some 100,000 people in Belarus chose aircraft as a means of transport.
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.
Three-day visa-free stay for Chinese in Belarus
Citizens of China have been allowed to stay in Belarus without a visa up to three days, reads the corresponding decree of the Belarus President that come into force today, August 24.
This order applies to those Chinese citizens who come from China on a direct flight and have in their passport a visa of an EU state or a state of the Schengen area.
These reasons are enough to stay in Belarus for up to three days. Visa-free entry and exit extends to transit passengers travelling through Belarus.
Eco trail to open in Kamennaya Gorka neighborhood of Minsk
The opening of the eco-trail is scheduled for October 2015, new agency BelTA informs.
Head of the working group of the program of cooperation between the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Evgeny Lobanov said: "The project is being developed and we hope that this autumn the eco trail will open in Kamennaya Gorka. For now we plan the opening in October. The route and a series of stands is ready."
Tunisia abolishes visas for Belarusians
Belarusians are now able to travel to Tunisia without visas. The government of the North African republic has taken the decision to cancel these documents for citizens of Belarus.
Now, to visit Tunisia one needs to have only a valid passport and tickets. The stay time should not exceed 90 days. Also, the decision of the Tunisian side regarding the abolition of visas applies to citizens of Russia and Moldova.
Street cars in Minsk to move on rails without sleepers
Until September 1, movement of trams in the Minsk center will be restored. Along Kozlova Street, road workers dismantled the old rails, and then replaced them with new ones, without ties. This is the technology applied on tram tracks in Prague and Budapest, where street trains are perhaps the main means of public transport.
Rails without ties, the know-how of foreign cities, will soon appear at the intersection of Kozlova and Dolgobrodskaya Streets.
New rules regarding bike transportation on Belarusian trains
In August 2015, Belarusian Railways changed the requirements for bicycles transported in railway cars as hand luggage. Cyclists, please pay attention!
First, you need to buy two tickets - one for you and the other for the bicycle. By the way, tourists had to pay for bikes earlier too but now there is a limitation of 200cm. Every object of the size (sum of three dimensions) exceeding 200cm is transported only upon showing additional full travel document.
Kvass tanks to disappear from Minsk streets
Soviet-style kvass tanks (pictured) will disappear from the streets of Minsk. Sanitary services have stopped work more than 20 companies selling kvass from these barrels.
Kvass is a fermented drink made of rye bread and is very popular in Russia and some eastern European countries, including Belarus. Authorities consider that this kind of trade outdated and failing to meet the standards. Illegally installed commercial properties selling kvass also create certain problems.
Honey Festival kicks off in Polotsk August 14
Polotsk on August 14 begins to host a honey festival. 10 candidates will fight for the title of the best beekeeper.
Visitors of the holiday will get bouquets of flowers and honey plants and take part in workshops on the collection of hives and other entertainment activities.
You will also be able to taste honey at the festival absolutely free!
The honey will be consecrated prior to the ceremony by representatives of the Diocese of Polotsk.
Hugo Chavez photo exhibition opens in National Library of Belarus
The life of the Comandante. You can now trace Hugo Chavez's life through photographs. The National Library of Belarus is hosting an exhibition showing the activities of the outstanding politician, diplomat and patriot of his country. You can see here previously unpublished images. They reflect how over time, starting with modest childhood, a man, faithful to the ideals of the struggle for justice, loving his homeland, was turning into the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution and became a stronghold of the peoples of Latin America.
Summer music season in Minsk's Upper Town to finish in late September
Masterpieces by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and Offenbach continue to sound near the walls of the Minsk Town Hall in the Upper Town (Verkhny Gorod). The concert in the capital combines the most famous classical pieces.
These outdoor shows gather masses of people. 2 hours of live music - and this is absolutely free!
The end of the summer music season was postponed until the end of September. The evenings will still be held every Saturday evening approximately at 8pm.
Heat wave in Belarus to last one more week
This week, Belarus experienced the hottest day in the history of meteorological observations. The temperature rose to 35.8 degrees above zero.
It's actually like the temperature on southern resorts. The previous high point of summer heat was 35.6 degrees. It was established last year. Forecasters say the temperature these days is 5-10 degrees above normal.
Minsk Zoo celebrates birthday August 9
The Minsk zoo celebrates its birthday. These days, despite heat in Minsk, the zoo remains a favorite place for a family vacation.
The large festive program featuring games and competitions lasted for the whole Sunday. The highlight of the celebration was the weighting of the zoo's heaviest turtle.
Red danger level: Entrance to Belarusian forests forbidden because of extream heat
The red danger level. In the coming weekend, heatwave will continue to dominate in Belarus. Weather forecasters promise plus 36°C during the weekend, on 8 and 9 August. This significantly affects fire hazard.
Throughout Belarus, visits to forests have been prohibited.
As for the vehicles, you can drive them only on roads leading to villages and towns as well as to special recreation places. Belarusian doctors recommend to take special care of your health in this heat.
Minsk to host Architecture Festival from 3 to 5 September
Organizers note that the future event is a big one not only for professionals but for all citizens. In addition to many professional competitions its program includes the exhibitions of national associations of architects from different countries, exhibitions of designers, sculptors and monumentalists.
Culinary festival Motalskіya Prysmakі kicks off in Brest August 7
Belarusian cuisine on display. Beginning from August 7 the Belarusian city of Brest hosts the Food Festival Motalskіya Prysmakі.
Guests will be able to enjoy the unique traditions of this distinctive Belarusian area. Guests will be offered kilometers of meat, fish as well as cheese, honey, bread, vegetable meadows, where you can taste environmentally friendly products.
The "House of Fat" will present various types of traditional peasant product called lard, which is popular in both Belarus and Ukraine.