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".
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
The Victory Ball in Minsk will gather about 500 veterans. The organizers tried their best and decided to organize the holiday in the blue lights format.
After the ball, veterans will enjoy aquatic extravaganza.
Fountains in Minsk today will wake up after winter hibernation. Especially since this time, the event is timed to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory.
The season will start near the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, where one of the largest fountains of the city will start working.
Retro Minsk. Historical names of Minsk streets and squares
Let’s get on the horse tramway from Sobornaya Square to Alexandrovskaya Street, watch silent films in Eden cinema on Zakharyevskaya Street and have a rest at the cycle track in Governors Garden. Every Minsk resident in the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century knew this journey.
Nowadays, however, this itinerary is represented in the following way: drive from Svobody (Liberty) Square to Bogdanovicha Street, call on the central shop in Independence Avenue and relax in Gorky Park.
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.
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.
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 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.
New Minsk districts: Lebyazhy, Mayak-Minsk, and Zavodskoy district’s novelty
Hundreds of newly-erected buildings appear in Minsk annually. Whole districts arise at the places where private sector houses were previously located. Five million square meters of new accommodation is going to be built in 2015. Kamennaya Gorka, Loshitsa, and Lebyazhy – that is not a full list of neighborhoods that existed only on paper about ten years ago.
Niamiha or Svislach? The most troublesome river in Minsk
Minsk can be called not only a green city, but also a blue one. While strolling through the city center you can’t help visiting the river bank and picturesque water reservoirs.
At first, it is worth recalling the Nyamiha River. The first mentioning of Minsk in the “Primary Chronicle” (“Tale of Bygone Years”) and in “The Tale of Igor's Campaign” is connected with it. Ancient Minsk was founded at the Nyamiha and Svislach’s confluence.
Unique "Belarus Castles" photo album presented in Minsk
Belarus Through Castle Windows. The largest publishing project has been presented in Minsk. About 40 photographers and historians worked on the album, which features monuments from around the country. The book is really impressive. It weighs almost 5kg and the length of some photos reaches 1.5 meters. The publication has received numerous awards.
20 photographers from across the country, 18 best Belarusian researchers and two years of painstaking work. These are the figures characterizing the most ambitious publishing project in Belarus.
Cow sculpture to appear near Komarovsky market in Minsk
Sculptor Nikolai Bayrachniy is the winner of the competition for the best sketch of the cow sculpture, which is going to appear in Minsk. He created a collective image of the animal familiar to every Belarusian and the competent jury were moved.
As planned by Minsk authorities, the monument will add beauty to the square in front of the Komarovsky market. The square features a lot of famous sculptures by Vladimir Zhbanov.
Open air military museum opens in Byaroza district
An air defense missile system, an armored personnel carrier and infantry fighting vehicle. A military museum in the open air appeared in the Byaroza district. For a while, the exposition includes six samples of modern military equipment but its creators say that soon even planes will be exhibited.
Work on the memorial park began with perpetuation of the memory of Belarusians who died during the Great Patriotic War. Local search teams several years sought the places of burial, tried to find out the names of dead and missing villagers.
Public transport fares in Minsk to go up to Br5,000 per ride
In April, public transport fares will grow by Br500 and make up Br5,000. A ticket bought from drivers will cost Br5,500. Bus fares on express routes will be Br6,500. The exact date of the tariff increase is still unknown.
Last time public transport fares increased in Minsk in December 2014 to Br4,500 from Br4,000 per trip.
Memorial Trostenets to be solemnly opened on 70th anniversary of Great Victory
The memorial Trostenets will be solemnly opened on the day of the Great Victory on May 9. About 300 thousand events will be held in Belarus on this memorable date. They are charitable and youth campaigns, memorial ceremonies and opening of historical sites.
An eventful cultural program is expected.
The Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre will present the premiere of "World War II", while Theatre-Studio of Cinema is preparing the concert "War is war".
Minsk sculptures: Janitor, bathhouse attendant, mammoths and Möbius strip
Bronze residents of the city that stand on the main streets of the capital are always in sight: the girl with the umbrella, the architect, and an old woman selling seeds.
Let us find out whether Minsk residents know about rarer sculptures. For example, a street sweeper and a bathhouse attendant.
Minsk residents:It is a monument to cleanness.
Some beautiful girl and a street sweeper.
Apparently, a cleaner of some sort.
Kirova Street: one of Minsk’s oldest streets
Everyone who lives in Minsk is familiar with Kirova Street. It starts from the railway station and leads to the center of Minsk.
Kirova Street is one of the oldest and the most beautiful streets of the city. Every building in this street is like an architectural monument.
Two famous towers, called City Gates, open the way to the city and to Kirova Street. There is a lot of hustle and bustle here, because its location is close to the railway station.
Minsk Central Railway Station: city’s symbol
Minsk Central Railway Station is the hub of national transport. Here, the work is in full swing 24 hours a day. Trains arrive and depart, passengers say goodbye to their relatives and set off on a trip.
Initially, the first building of the railway station was made of wood. Later, it was made of stone. After a century of its existence, it was destroyed and the modern railway station was built.
Mound of Glory near Minsk to be renovated prior to Victory Day
New life will be breathed into memorials and monuments throughout Belarus. A large-scale restoration project is dedicated to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi invaders.
By May 1, city authorities plan to update one of the main attractions on the former Soviet Union - Mound of Glory.
Renovation efforts at the memorial complex are already underway. Specialists will replace the missing elements of the mosaic, stairs as well as install modern LED equipment.
Minsk and Beijing to be linked by direct flight
Minsk and Beijing will be connected by a direct flight. This will be the longest route for the Chinese national air carrier.
Plans have been made to use Airbus liners with a capacity of more than 200 people.
It should be noted that Belarus and China are constantly increasing the level of business cooperation. Directs flight between the capitals of the two states will start in May.
Minsk’s Nezavisimosti Square 1.5 times bigger than Moscow’s Red Square
The construction of Nezavisimosti Square (Independence Square) began in the 19th century. Its location between the city center and a railway station made for it. The most famous pre-revolutionary building is Church of Saints Simon and Helena.
At the end of 1920s a tender for the House of Government design was held in Minsk. Iosif Langbard’s design was chosen. Along with the building Iosif designed the square for demonstrations and military parades.
Retro museum: fuel industry development in Minsk
The development of car manufacturing and fuel industry is closely connected with the history of Minsk. It’s been more than 70 years since the first petrol station appeared in Minsk.
Back then, it was located in the Nemiga neighborhood. It was the only petrol station in the whole city. However, in the 1930s, there weren’t many vehicles in the BSSR (the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic). There were only 184 cars in 1928 and 511 cars in 1930.
Minsk’s towers: from funniest to the most beautiful
Minsk's towers represent the most vivid features of the Soviet period. They started to appear in Minsk in the 1930s, though their construction was at its peak during the post-war period.
Two towers became the embellishment for houses No.107 and No.109 in Partizansky Avenue. Though they are small-scale, they are tastefully decorated.
Belarusian National Technical University building in Minsk
In 1913, the vocational technical education committee of the Russian State Duma decided that Minsk is one of the cities where higher technical institutions should be opened. In 1918, Minsk Polytechnic was formed on the recommendation of Engineers and Technicians Union. It included a cram school, a mechanics faculty, a construction faculty and a cultural-technical faculty.
Minsk beauty salons of Soviet period
The first Hairdressing World Championship was held in Paris in 1947. It was the time when the first beauty salons appeared in Minsk. Back then, the city was just beginning its recovery after WWII.
The first hairdresser’s opened in Nezavisimosti Square, the second one appeared close to the Pobeda cinema, and the third one was located near the railway station. Those buildings were wooden, without hot and cold running water. After the war, people weren’t ready to sacrifice a lot for beauty.
Belarus' Belovezhskaya Pushcha now visa free for foreign tourists
Foreigners will be able to visit the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest without visas, reads the decree of the Belarus President published on the National Legal Internet Portal.
The government will within three months develop the documents defining the order of foreign tourists' visits to this unique corner of nature.
Foreigners will be able to take advantage of visa-free travels through the checkpoint Pererov-Bialowieza and stay in the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha up to three days.
Minsk’s prominent women of the 19th -20th centuries
In the 19th century, women played an essential role in public affairs of Minsk.
It’s not common knowledge that a wooden brewery at the crossroads of Bogdanovicha Street and Kiseleva Street was opened on January 29, 1864 thanks to Rokhlya Frumkinova.
First Tea Masters Cup in Minsk
Yuliya Krepchuk, CTV reporter:Even the ancients knew that tea is not just beverage, but life vision. Today we have a great opportunity to prove it and to get to know tea culture better as part of the first Tea Masters Cup.
A lot of experts and tea lovers visited such an unusual event. This event may become a big step forward into the development of tea culture in our country.
History of Yanka Kupala National Academic Theater
The building of the National Academic Theatre of Yanka Kupala was constructed in 1890 according to the design of the architects Karl Kozlovsky and Konstantin Vvedensky.
The construction began in the summer of 1888, and in two years, the first play was performed at the theatre’s stage. In 1944, Lev Litvinov staged the famous play “Pavlinka”. That was the year when the theatre was named after prominent Belarusian writer Yanka Kupala.
Old Water tower in Minsk
If you drive through Aerodromnaya Street by the railways, you can't help but notice a beautiful brick building. It's an old water tower with amazing destiny and history. This forgotten landmark building stands closed and full of rubbish.
"Minsky listok", the issue of 1887:The town comes to live in the evening. People come out from their houses to walk through streets or sit on a bench and look at others passing by. The fountain at the boulevard used to work more often. Now it is out of service.
International Women's Day: What streets in Minsk bear women's names?
Spring comes and it is easier to breathe. Minsk streets are filled with aroma of tulips and mimosas, and girls become the main adornment of the city. Which streets in Minsk carry female names? Let us ask passers-by.
Minsk residents:Lesya Ukrainka Street, Clara Zetkin Street, Rosa Luxemburg Street...
Maryinskaya Street, Nadezhdinskaya Street.
Vera Kharuzhaya Street.
We have such an urban settlement in the Minsk region as Maryina Gorka.
Loshitsky park and museum
The picturesque Loshitsa estate was first mentioned in the 16th century. It was famous for its fertile land, excellent meadows, and beautiful mansion. All the owners of the estate were members of noble Belarusian families. The last owner of the estate was Evstafiy Lyubanskiy.
Thanks to his progressive thinking and talented ruling Loshitsa became one of the best households. Lyubanskiy changed the estate completely. The mansion was restored in the Art Nouveau style.
Retro police vehicles’ exhibition opens in Minsk
The exhibition of retro police vehicles opened in Minsk. There are six cars among the exhibits, which law enforcement officers used in different times, starting from 1944.
Among the exhibit items, there is a famous Zhiguli nicknamed “kopeyka” (a small coin), a UAZ “bukhanka” (a loaf of bread), a Volga, and a Moskvitch. The oldest car is almost 70 years old.
Former law enforcement officers and the Minister of Internal Affairs were present at the opening of the exhibition. The Minister confessed that the Moskvitch 412 was his first car.
Minsk's Svisloch river embankment named in honor of Afghan war veterans
Tribute to the longest war of the 20th century. The embankment of the Svisloch in Minsk was named in honor of soldiers-internationalists (Afghan war veterans). In Russian, it is pronounced as "Naberezhnaya Voinov Internatsionalistov".
This is an area stretching between the artificial Island of Courage and Sorrow in the Svisloch and the point where Melnikaite Street is joined by Pobeditelei Avenue.
This initiative was previously proposed by the Minsk city organization of war veterans "Memory".
Minsk collection of twin cities’ souvenirs
Minsk is a hospitable city. It’s no wonder that Minsk has agreements with more than 60 cities. Moreover, some twin cities are among them. The longest twinning relationship is with Nottingham of England.
That close collaboration between Minsk and Nottingham began in 1957. Plans have been made to build in Minsk a residential compound called Nottingham in honor of the English city.
Minsk military cemetery: A miracle prevented a WWII bomb from exploding here
A military cemetery, which appeared in Minsk at the beginning of the 19th century, became a historical landmark. The cemetery reflects the history of Belarus.
Pavel Korolyov, guide: Those who died in the military hospital in Minsk were buried here.
The Church of Alexander Nevsky was built at the military cemetery as the monument to the dead of the Russo-Turkish War. In addition, it became a place where miracles happened.
Remnants of the USSR in Minsk
Nezavisimosti Avenue is a starting point for tourists in Minsk. The buildings in Nezavisimosti Avenue were made in the Stalinist Empire style. They all are low but splendid, decorated with numerous architectural elements, columns, spires, and arabesque patterns.
Only plenitude of advertisements and vehicles in the main street brings tourists back to reality. Sometimes, Stalinist architecture becomes the reason for some brickbats about Minsk. Some people say it’s old-fashioned.
Did you know? Minsk was once smaller than Polotsk and Nesvizh
In comparison with other capitals of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Minsk looks tiny. Today, the Minsk’s area is about 31,000 hectares. The area of Moscow is well over 100,000. Kiev occupies the territory, which is twice as large as the territory of Minsk.
Nevertheless, for Belarus, the area is quite large. The second largest Belarusian city is Grodno. It occupies the area of 14,000 hectares, which is one third of the capital’s territory. It’s hard to believe that Minsk used to be much smaller than such towns as Polotsk, Nesvizh, and Turov.
Viktor Tsoi Wall in Minsk
The Tsoi Wall appeared in Minsk in 1990 after the death of Viktor Tsoi, the leader of the post-punk band Kino. On the slabs of concrete, Tsoi’s fans left graffiti and inscribed poems.
There are also memory walls of Tsoi in other cities of the former USSR. Such walls became meeting places for the fans of the legendary band Kino.
Kalvariyskaya Street: The tandem of modernity and history
Despite its shortness, Kalvariyskaya Street is considered to be one of the most important transport corridors of Minsk.
In 1915, due to the separation of the Stalinski, Voroshilovski and Kaganovichski districts, a new neighborhood appeared in the north-western part of Minsk. Frunzensky District was named after the first chief of Minsk police - Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze.
Grodno historical buildings to get QR-codes
Ancient Grodno will become more accessible to tourists. The city will have all its historical building equipped with special QR-codes. To get detailed information on any object, one must only have a modern mobile phone with internet access.
The information on the page dedicated to the landmarks is being translated into six languages. The description will be followed by small video and audio clips. In addition, the places will be geolocated, which will help tourists immediately orient themselves.
Shopping malls in Minsk
Today, there are more than 6,000 shopping establishments in Minsk. The capital’s shopping area amounts to more than 500 square meters per 1,000 people. Thus, Minsk could be compared with Prague. Moreover, the building of new stores will be continued. In 2015, the figure will be equal to 600 square meters per 1,000 people.
Karla Liebknechta Street
Every former Soviet city has such a street. It’s a link between Zhukova Street and Clara Zetkin Street. It’s not easy to find out about its history. Time erased all traits of the past.
The old part of Karl Liebknecht Street (modern Clara Zetkin Street and Lermontova Street) was formed at the end of the 19th century. It had wooden houses. Mostly people of Lutheran belief lived here. That’s why its first name was Lutheran Street.
Nezavisimosti Avenue: History of buildings No. 39, 42 and 44
The construction of house No.39 in Nezavisimosti Avenue began in 1940, with the architect Arkady Bergman in charge.
The construction work was in full swing, when WWII began. Although all wooden structures of the house were burnt, the main framework was preserved. That allowed the architect and engineers to proceed with the building’s restoration right after the liberation of Minsk.
The oldest bridge in Minsk
Unfortunately, no ancient bridges have survived in Minsk.
The structures we see today are the postwar constructions. The oldest among them is the bridge in Independence Avenue leading to Victory Square. It was built in 1952 under the design of architects Parusnikov and Badanov. It is considered one of the most beautiful bridges in Minsk.
The most well-known bridge in the medieval Minsk was the Khlusov bridge, which connected Lower Market and Trinity Suburb.
Kakhovskaya Street in Minsk
You can find Kakhovskaya street in the Tsentralnyi district of Minsk. It appeared in the 1950s, when the quarter was being built.
The cinema Kiev, Kievsky Square and the adjacent Shevchenko boulevard give a clue about the origin of the name of the street. The district is a kind of part of Ukraine on the map of Minsk. The street is named after the town of Kakhovka, which is located in the Kherson region of the neighboring Ukraine.
Minsk side streets: Biaduli Street
Fancy side street intersections is a typical feature of Minsk city.
The chaotic nature of housing and small districts abundance with narrow “alleys” that later turned into side streets, caused such a city planning. From 1860 to 1897, the Minsk area grew tenfold. There were around 200 streets and side streets. Markovsky side street (now Zmitraka Biaduli Street) is one of them.
History of houses No. 28, 29 and 30 on Nezavisimosti Avenue
The houses were designed by eminent architect Mikhail Barshch. By that time, he was already famous for the construction of the Moscow planetarium and some other large buildings. This time the task was not simple. The design read: "The intersection of Sovetskaya Street and Yanka Kupala Street is the most important corner of the central part of the Minsk."
Transport to Raubichi during IBU Youth/Junior World Championships Biathlon 2015
The 2015 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships Biathlon will be held in the sports complex Raubichi. Fans can get there from Minsk using express commuter bus number 449BE from the metro station Barysauski Tract.
At 8 am, the first bus will depart from there with two stops - the dispatching station "Karbysheva" and the stop Lesnoi. Buses will go there every 20 minutes.
The last bus from Raubichi will leave for the capital an hour after the end of the races.