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05.10.2015

New scientific center opens at Belarus' natural complex Krasnyi Bor in Vitebsk region
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.  

03.10.2015

Minsk Metro Museum
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 Belarusians are proud of? CTV's documentary "I Am Walking Across The Country"
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.

02.10.2015

Inscriptions on Minsk’s buildings
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 .

29.09.2015

Italian Silvia Costanzo welcomed as the millionth visitor to Belarus' booth at EXPO 2015
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.

27.09.2015

Discovery channel shoots Bialowieza Forest documentary
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.

24.09.2015

Two-hour long Vilnius-Minsk travel from 2016
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.

23.09.2015

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
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).

21.09.2015

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

15.09.2015

National History Archive of Belarus: 11.5 kilometers of shelving and 624 year-old document
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.

14.09.2015

Minsk center
"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".

13.09.2015

11th Architecture Festival in Minsk
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.

09.09.2015

Minsk City Day 2015: Security peculiarities
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.

08.09.2015

Belarus' largest outdoor gym appears in Minsk
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).

06.09.2015

Great Patriotic War Museum named best architectural work in Belarus
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. 
Irina Martyanova, CTV special correspondent
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
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.

03.09.2015

XI National Festival of Architecture opens in Minsk
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.

02.09.2015

Minsk hosting street art festival featuring works of four Brazilian artists
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.

28.08.2015

Visa-free regime between Belarus, Israel to take effect November 26
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.
Alexander Andronchik, head of the office for historical development and improvement of the Architecture and Urban Planning Committee of the Minsk City Executive Committee
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.

26.08.2015

Minsk City Day 2015: from international half marathon to 12-minute firework show
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
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.

25.08.2015

Belarus abolishes visas for Chinese: Boost for bilateral relations?
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.

24.08.2015

Flights to Moscow now 7 times a day from National Airport Minsk
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 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
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.

20.08.2015

Eco trail to open in Kamennaya Gorka neighborhood of Minsk
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."
Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus' Foreign Ministry Spokesman
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.

18.08.2015

Street cars in Minsk to move on rails without sleepers
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.

17.08.2015

New rules regarding bike transportation on Belarusian trains
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
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.

14.08.2015

Honey Festival kicks off in Polotsk August 14
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
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. 

11.08.2015

Summer music season in Minsk's Upper Town to finish in late September
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.

10.08.2015

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
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.

07.08.2015

Red danger level: Entrance to Belarusian forests forbidden because of extream heat
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
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. 

06.08.2015

Minsk Railway Station named the cleanest and the most well looked after one in Belarus The Minsk Train Station has been named the cleanest and the most well-maintained railway station in Belarus, according to a nationwide contest. Comfortable waiting room, quality service and boarding platform with anti-slip coating did not leave the jury indifferent for the second year in a row. When assessing stations, the experts also took into account the architectural expression of buildings and the quality of passenger service. By the way, every day more than 40 thousand people depart from the station "Minsk-Passazhirsky". 

05.08.2015

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

03.08.2015

Rakutyovshchina, popular Belarusian tourist spot, marks 250th anniversary
Rakutyovshchina, popular Belarusian tourist spot, marks 250th anniversary Rakutyovshchina, one of the most popular tourist towns of Belarus, has celebrated the 250th anniversary.  Every street presented a locally produced feast, while artisans displayed their creations to guests, who could also participate in contests and games. They wear national costumes and display Belarusian hospitality with a smile and a magic table-cloth. No Côte d'Azur or the Alps can replace the recognized local flavor.

31.07.2015

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

30.07.2015

Minsk's Mozhaiskogo Street named after plane inventor
Minsk's streets named after aviators The pulsating heart of Belarus - Minsk - is beating thanks to almost 2 million people. The capital's life spreads over 1,200 streets and alleys, one third of which is named in honor of great people. And while the names of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Lenin immediately bring some images in mind, the rest of streets are named in honor of people who are less famous. Minsk native Vladimir Molozhavyi has been studying the hometown for six decades. But recently Vladimir found the street which name is very vague.
New automatic border control system undergoing testing at National Airport Minsk Border control in Belarus is being modernized. A new automated system is being tested at National Airport Minsk. It is able to recognize a person's identity by comparing a photo in the passport and a photo taken by the camera. The so-called "electronic gate" automatically checks the person's documents for authenticity. For the system is installed only in the departure zone. After the experiment has been completed, the new system will be installed in other places.

29.07.2015

Minsk Planetarium turns 50
Minsk Planetarium turns 50 50 years ago stars became closer to Minsk. The Minsk planetarium is located in Gorky Park. A star room for up to 120 spectators is equipped with a domed screen device, produced back in the GDR. The 6-meter-high tower observatory, with a telescope with 300x zoom, one can see be seen behind the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Mars and other planets. 
Pay parking with free wi-fi opens in Minsk's Tolbukhina Street
Pay parking with free wi-fi opens in Minsk's Tolbukhina Street Pay and park! Another paid parking area is about to open in Minsk - this time in Tolbukhina Street. For a small fee, drivers are offered the highest level of service.  Free wifi and charging for electric vehicles are among the pleasant bonuses. However, the new paid parking is only part of the citywide program to unload the city center.  

27.07.2015

96-meter graffiti, the longest in Belarus, is being created by Gomel artists
Gomel artists creating 96-meter graffiti, the longest in Belarus As many as 96 meters of the fence have been turned into a work of art. Gomel artists are creating the longest graffiti in Belarus. During the first two weeks these concrete slabs have become a kind of photographs with views of the main attractions of Gomel's central part.  The Park of the Rumyantsev-Paskevich family, Lenina Square, the circus, the Drama Theatre, the Ice Palace, the monument to the first and the last from Gomel Gomel Duchess Irina Paskevich. You can now see everything at once and in one place. 
Minsk residents queue to play free piano near Town Hall
Minsk residents queue to play free piano near Town Hall Classic music concerts continue near the Town Hall. On July 25, the tradition of musical evenings under the open sky continued in Minsk's Upper Town. The program included masterpieces of the Baroque and classicism. This time, the organizers promise not be limited only to the concert. There was installed a free piano near the city's town hall. Anyone could play a passage from favorite piece of music. A long queue formed in front of the piano.

20.07.2015

Hot air balloons and aircraft show near Minsk (video) Mass start of kites, a flash mob with balloons and a helicopter race. The air festival gave Minsk residents and guests an unforgettable spectacle. The final day brought together hundreds of spectators.  The air sports festival was organized in Belarus for the first time. The Borovaya airfield hosted over 200 pilots from eight countries.

17.07.2015

First air sport festival to open in Minsk July 17 70 years of peaceful sky! The first festival of air sport will open on July 17 near Minsk. It will unite 200 athletes from 8 countries.  The program includes the international hot air balloon cup, a helicopter race, an air show, and a massive paratrooper show. 70 balloons will rise in the sky. And if the weather permits, there will be set a record worthy of the Guinness Book. This may be the first time so many balloons have flown over a capital at a time. 

16.07.2015

First open-air museum of stone sculptures opens in Grodno
First open-air museum of stone sculptures opens in Grodno Stone of Love, head of a warrior and Teutonic helmet can be seen in the Grodno Kalozha park. On July 16 in the town of Neman there opened the country's first museum of stone sculptures in the open air. The idea of ​​this art gallery belongs to a local sculptor. The idea of ​​the Grodno sculptor was supported by colleagues from all over Belarus. Stone carvers from all over Belarus handed their works to the city of Neman. However, the creation of the museum under the open sky is just beginning. Each year the park alley will see new exhibits.

15.07.2015

Minsk district Pleschanka history names of new streets and near-term prospects
Minsk's historical district Pleschanka: Old names of new streets Pleschanka. This is how the area bounded by the current streets of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht (then it was Matveevskaya Street and Little Lutheran) was called 100 years ago. The Musical Theatre, from which the current Pleschanka begins, was built in the 80s, but on the old basis. Before the war the streets of Clara Zetkin housed the garment factory October, then it was renamed several times and became the association Sukno (Cloth).
Nesvizh Castle audio guide now available in Chinese
Nesvizh Castle audio guide now available in Chinese Nesvizh Castle audio guides are now translated into Chinese. In recent years, there have been increasing numbers of tourists from China. The museum decided to acquaint Chinese guests with Belarusian history in their own language. The audio guide in Nesvizh Castle is also available in Belarusian, Russian, Polish, English and German. The architectural and cultural complex of the former residence of the Radziwill Family in Nesvizh is one of the attractions of Belarus, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

14.07.2015

10th century items found in Grodno Castle
10th century items, early Christian symbols found in Grodno Castle Unique artefacts of the Middle Ages have been found in an ancient castle in Grodno. Last time excavations were done there almost 100 years ago. In 2016, this architectural monument, built by Duke Vytautas, will undergo a massive reconstruction. During the undergoing excavations, specialists found carved stone columns, parts of which were discovered at a depth of two meters.

08.07.2015

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

07.07.2015

New facilities open in Minsk on 2015 Independence Day
New facilities open in Minsk on 2015 Independence Day A modern six-hectare stadium appeared on the site of the an playground of Minsk's school number 55. It houses several grounds: a football field with synthetic turf surface, a basketball and volleyball courts, a tennis court, and a workout area. This is why the stadium could be called a small sports complex. The local cycle track meets all modern requirements. It is open to both professionals and beginners, and even very young cyclists.

03.07.2015

Plaque in memory of civilian Nazi victims appears in Valozhyn
Plaque in memory of civilian Nazi victims appears in Valozhyn Memorial plaque in memory of civilians executed during WWII was installed today on July 2 in Volozhin. It all began with a burial found in preparation for the construction of residential houses.  Experts of a search battalion of the Ministry of Defense found that the remains belong to members of the local Jewish community.

02.07.2015

Denis Butin, head of the Museum of Modern Belarusian Statehood
Museum of Modern Belarusian Statehood: We have a lot of unique items! Denis Butin, head of the Museum of Modern Belarusian Statehood, answered the question of the TV program “Morning. The studio of good mood” on the CTV channel. How did you get the idea to create such a museum?

01.07.2015

Separate lanes for public transport in Minsk by September 2015
Separate lanes for public transport in Minsk by September 2015 Separate lanes for public transport will appear in Minsk in September 2015, Alexander Kaptyukh, chief of department of passenger transportation of the public institution "Metropolitan Transport and Communications" told reporters today. "We have identified five areas of the road network in Minsk where we urgently need separate lanes for public transport. By September, there will be dedicated lanes in such streets as Kuntsevshchina - Lobanka, Nemiga, Bobruiskaya, Independence Avenue (near Uruchcha) and Timiryazeva," said Mr Kaptyukh.
International fast food brands coming to Belarus Minsk expects the emergence of large fast food chains, including global brands, which means serious competition for the existing market players. A significant reduction in the cost of renting premises should promote the development of public catering facilities. Experts forecast changes in the restaurant business in Minsk in the next two years: small cafes and restaurants with weak brands will be replaced by well-known fast food chains.
Cigarette packs now hidden from Belarusian shop counters, cafes
Cigarette packs now hidden from Belarusian shop counters, cafes Cigarettes have disappeared from shelves of Belarusian shops. It is now forbidden to display tobacco products on shop shelves as well as in cafes and restaurants.  Cigarette packs will be replaced with price lists containing the brand, price and country of origin of the goods.  Shops that violate this requirement, which came into effect on July 1, will be punished with a fine of up to 9 million rubles. This measure is in force in many countries, including Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Russia.  
Minsk subway switches to summer schedule July 1
Minsk subway switches to summer schedule July 1 Minsk subway has switched to summer schedule from July 1. Thus intervals between trains will increase. On weekdays, during morning and evening rush hours, waiting time will be 2.5 minutes on the Moskovskaya line. The same time on the Avtozavodskaya line will be up to 3.5 minutes. On Saturdays, in peak times, intervals on both lines will be 5 minutes. The Sunday interval is now 6 minutes on Sundays. The subway will get back to the winter schedule on September 1.

30.06.2015

Independence Day firework show in Minsk July 3
Enjoy Independence Day firework show in Minsk July 3! Fireworks on Independence Day will start in Minsk immediately after the mini-campaign "Let's sing the national anthem together." Presumably it will start at 23.00 Belarus time.  As many as 30 volleys will light the sky all over Belarus at the same time. Among the most important celebration venues are the Brest Fortress and Minsk. There will be 6 firing positions in Minsk. Traditionally, the most colorful fireworks display will be near Victory Park. Its length is about 10 minutes.

29.06.2015

New open-air exhibitions turn Minsk into single cultural space
New open-air exhibitions turn Minsk into single cultural space Jazz evenings at the Town Hall and an open-air gallery. In the summer, Minsk turns into a great cultural space. How to join the beautiful for free? Minskers like the exhibition of contemporary art on the fence of Chelyuskintsev Park. This summer, the audience will experience the atmosphere of Niasvizh Castle and enjoy its interiors.
Upside down house opens at a tourist complex near Minsk
Upside down house opens in tourist complex near Minsk An upside down house opened this week on the territory of a manor and park complex near Minsk. The estate is located in the village of Dukora about 30 kilometers from the capital (Gomel highway). The creators say that they were inspired by Marc Chagall's works when building the house.

25.06.2015

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

24.06.2015

Belarus makes special drone for fishing
Belarus makes special drone for fishing Fishermen in Belarus are offered new technologies. For fishing, they can now use special drones. Instead of throwing the bait from the shore of a reservoir, the fisherman attaches fishing line, bait and a sinker to the drone, and then he takes off into the middle of a river or lake, sinks the camera and monitors the lake floor.  Once the best place is found, the drone will drop there the bait and return to the fisherman.
The oldest bell in Belarus found in Zhabinka district
The oldest bell in Belarus found in Zhabinka district Bells are symbols of unity of denominations. A Roman Catholic church bell has been ringing in the Belarusian Orthodox Church for about 25 years.  The monument of Catholic art is the oldest in Belarus. The bell is located in the church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in the village Matiyevichi, the Zhabinka district.  Many say that the unique bell could ring in the Roman Catholic church that belonged to the famous family of Tadeusz Kosciuszko.  

21.06.2015

E-queue at Belarus borders due by the end of 2015
E-queue at Belarus borders due by the end of 2015 The system of electronic queue at the border to appear in Belarus before the end of 2015. This was reported by the State Border Committee. The experiment at the checkpoints Kozlovichi and Kamenny Log confirmed the demand for this service. In the test mode, the electronic queue was taken by about 2,000 people. The novelty allowed significantly reducing the waiting time at the border. 

11.06.2015

Belarus to establish tourism emergency fund An emergency fund for tourists will be established in Belarus, said director of the Department of Tourism of the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus Vadim Karmazin in an interview with BelTA. This year, Belarus plans to make changes and additions to the law "On Tourism".

10.06.2015

Andrei Domoratsky, deputy mayor of Minsk
Dishes of Belarusian cuisine to appear in all Minsk cafes Belarusian traditions to become more popular. Kolduny, pancakes, pickles and many other dishes of national cuisine will appear in Minsk cafes. This instruction of the Minsk city authorities will not affect those restaurants that offered the national cuisine of other countries before. The timing is unknown and there are no deadlines.
Tsnyanskoye Reservoir offers comprehensive range of rental services
Tsnyanskoye Reservoir offers comprehensive range of rental services All inclusive. New rentals on Tsnyanskoye Reservoir offer a comprehensive range of services. Going to the beach, Minsk residents don't need to pack beach chairs, umbrellas or towels. Now they can rent all this on the spot. Children can spend time on new rides and play areas. They can also enjoy the barbecue yard.
Belarusian Cuisine Week starts in Minsk June 8 On June 8, the Week of Belarusian cuisine started in Minsk. More than a hundred of restaurants and cafes offer traditional national dishes. The menu was made in advance and in accordance with the rules of the campaign, all participants must adhere to common formulas and prices.  This is not the first such attempt to popularize the national cuisine.

08.06.2015

Belarusian cuisine week starts in Minsnk June 8
Belarusian cuisine week starts in Minsk June 8 On June 8, the week of Belarusian cuisine starts in Minsk. Over 100 restaurants and cafes offer their guests dishes based on traditional recipes.  Among the dishes on offer is fish in melted butter, dumplings made of unleavened dough and stuffed with meat, sorrel soup and cranberry juice. The menu was made in advance and in accordance with the rules of the campaign, all participants must adhere to common formulas and prices. This is not the first such attempt to promote the national cuisine. 
Public art in Minsk: Works of artists and photographers in city center and Art Island project
Public art in Minsk: Works of artists and photographers in city center and Art Island project In recent years, Minsk, like other cities, has seen increased interest in such area as public art - art in public space. Artworks flocked to the streets of Minsk from the museum grounds in 2012. Back then, reproductions of paintings by Marc Chagall appeared in the open air in the center of the capital, in Yakub Kolas Square.

24.05.2015

Belarus' nature
How Belarusian purity is becoming the country's brand Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping said three times about the beauty of Belarus. While in the plane, he noticed how beautiful Belarus is from the air. Probably, President Lukashenko still remembers Mr Xi Jinping's words, which he spoke about at the conference of the trade unions on Friday. He recalled the visit of the great guest, mentioned White Russia and held a separate meeting on amendments to land use the day before. Xi Jinping, the chairman of the Chinese People's Republic:Indeed, we saw a very beautiful country.

20.05.2015

Restrictions on heavy vehicles movement in Belarus during summer time
Restrictions on heavy vehicles movement in Belarus during summer time Temporary restrictions on the movement of heavy vehicles have been imposed in Belarus. They will be valid until the end of summer. During this period, on the days when air temperature is above 25 degrees, "heavyweights" with an axle load of more than 6 tons will not be allowed to use highways with asphalt covering. The road for them will be open only at night. Temporary inconveniences will not affect passengers, perishable goods, as well as travels related to the prevention or elimination of emergency situations.
Visa-free travels for foreigners to Bialowieza Forest, only passport needed The Belarus government approved the procedure for foreigners visiting Bialowieza Forest. They can now stay in the national park up to three days, having passport or any other document replacing it. Also, you must fill in the permit form in advance. The document that gives foreigners the right to visit the forest is located on the website of the national park.

19.05.2015

Japanese tour of Minsk: Bell of Nagasaki, Sendai Park and Kabuki theater A wonderful fountain with storks near the Red Church can be an excellent place to start the eastern tour of Minsk. Here you can see a bell associated with the tragic and unusual history - the city of Nagasaki. On the morning of August 9, 1945, the peaceful city of Nagasaki was bombed with nuclear weapons. Back then, a service was being held in the Urakami church and all believers were killed in an instant.

18.05.2015

Belarusian national cuisine
Belarus developing national cuisine map A culinary map is being developed in Belarus. It will mark places where you can taste the real Belarusian national cuisine. It's kind of a guide that will tell you what exactly you should definitely enjoy in each of the regions of the country. Game in cherry sauce, Radziwill perch in apples or a traditional Polesie dishes - gastronomic tourists will not miss a thing! Later, an electronic interactive map will be created followed by a mobile app. This will be a full collection of authentic Belarusian cuisine recipes with photographs of finished dishes.
Minsk stairs: decoration of urban space and historical monuments Stairs are often associated with home or place of work but you can also enjoy a variety of stairs in the streets of Minsk. These are truly elegant architectural elements! Steps become a favorite meeting place decorating urban landscape and hospitally invite for a cultural program in theaters and museums. The descent from the House of Officers to the promenade in Gorky Park is a true story in itself.

13.05.2015

Chinese tourists
Why does Belarus attract Chinese? Belarus is becoming more and more attractive to Chinese tourists. In 2014, more than 10,000 Chinese people visited Belarus. Our citizens have become regular guests in Beijing as well. Anastasia Soroka:There is a very well-known proverb in the Chinese language that stands for “If you have not been on the Chinese wall, you're not a Chinese”.

03.05.2015

How Minsk acquired medical status in 19th century: first pharmacies and hospitals
How Minsk acquired medical status in 19th century: first pharmacies and hospitals In the medieval Minsk, as in all European cities, barbers were chief physicians. Besides haircuts they made bloodletting, gave medicines out, rendered assistance at home and on the streets. In 1635, barber shops were the first kind of health care organization.

30.04.2015

Yanka Kupala monument
Minsk in Belarusian writer Yanka Kupala’s life His magic lyric poetry comes alive in music. His creativity is the real chronicle of the life of Belarusians. Minsk became home for Yanka Kupala. It was a city of his friends and a studio for work. Troitskoye suburb and picturesque Svisloch. The first meeting of the poet with Minsk took place there. In 1890, the Lutsevich family from Vyazynka arrived in the big city. Father Dominic rented a house at the intersection of Alexandrovskaya and Naberezhnaya streets. He became a craftsman, and the little boy was sent to a private school.
Sendai Garden in Minsk. Where is it situated and where does its name derive from? There are a great number of parks, paths and boulevards in Minsk. You can go for a walk along the Svisloch river bank, spend a weekend in Gorky Park, make an appointment on Lenina Street boulevard and have a rest in Mikhailovsky Garden. One more interesting place appeared in Minsk in 2002 – Sendai Park. Let’ s check whether Minsk residents know where this park is situated. Minsk residents:No, I don’t know. I have no idea. We don’t know.
Igor Cherginets (L) and Ergali Bulegenov (R)
Belavia launches new Minsk-Almaty flight A new flight will connect Minsk with Almaty – Kazakhstan’s economic center. Flights will be carried out just two times a week. Flight duration will be 4.5 hours. For this, new tariffs have been worked out and the procedure of customs luggage clearance has been simplified. By the summer, flights will be made daily.
Zolotaya Gorka neighborhood in Minsk The neighborhood Zolotaya Gorka (literal translation is Golden Hill) extends from the Palace of Arts to the present philharmonic society and the military cemetery in the 18th century. According to a romantic legend, this place was thickly planted with trees, in autumn golden leafage covered the hill with a picturesque carpet. Pragmatists claim that local merchants buried their money and jewelry there, which is why the hill was named golden.
Season of fountains to open in Minsk April 30
Season of fountains to open in Minsk April 30 The Victory Ball in Minsk will gather about 500 veterans. The organizers tried their best and decided to organize the holiday in the blue lights format. After the ball, veterans will enjoy aquatic extravaganza.  Fountains in Minsk today will wake up after winter hibernation. Especially since this time, the event is timed to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. The season will start near the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where one of the largest fountains of the city will start working.

29.04.2015

Museum of History of Belarusian medicine
History of Belarusian medicine: From primitive society and magic to military doctors An idea to open the Museum of Belarusian Medicine goes back to the 1950s. In the Minsk Medical Institute, a special museum collection was exposed, which gradually began to enlarge. In 1990, the Museum of History of Belarusian medicine became an independent institution.

28.04.2015

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

05.04.2015

Trostenets: Europe's fourth largest death camp
Trostenets: Europe's fourth largest death camp The term Trostenets refers to a number of mass extermination sites. In the autumn of 1941, a merciless death machine was launched in the forest of Blagovshchina, on the outskirts of Minsk (the 11th km of the Mogilev highway). There are still traces of pits, where corpses were thrown into. Later on, local people said that waters of the Trostyanka river turned brown from blood.
Vladimir Kozhemyako, aircraft commander of "Airline "Belavia"
Belavia air carrier: Secrets of pilots' training and profession While airlines in the world are introducing the "rule of two persons" in the cockpit, Belarusian airline pilots leave long been banned from leaving a pilot alone. By the way, Belavia is one of the most reliable airlines, though sometimes not the most new aircraft lift passengers into the air. Apparently, the training levels of pilots are also important. Olga Petrashevskaya has more about secrets of pilots' life.

02.04.2015

Belarus simplifies citizenship acquisition procedures
Belarus simplifies citizenship acquisition procedures It will be now easier to get Belarusian citizenship. Relevant amendments to the law were introduced on April 2, on the opening day of the Belarusian parliament's spring session. Changes will affect people in our country with passports of other states. For example, children born in such families will automatically receive the status of a citizen of Belarus. Such measures were taken, in particular, for the sake of social support to people who came from Ukraine. Now more than 60 thousand people from that country live in Belarus.
Fishing restrictions in some regions of Belarus come into force on April 1
Fishing restrictions in some regions of Belarus come into force on April 1 Fishing restrictions come into force in most regions of the Republic of Belarus. According to the new rules, spring restrictions’ time is not the same in different regions. The ban will be in force until May 18 in the south of Belarus, while and in the north it continues until June 8. Amateur fishing is not affected by the restrictions. Fines for illegal fishing make up fifty base amounts, or nine million Belarusian rubles.

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