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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.
New Minsk districts: Lebyazhy, Mayak-Minsk, and Zavodskoy district’s novelty
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
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
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: 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
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 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: 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
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.
Red Church near the House of Governtment
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
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
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 complex
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.


Bridge leading to the Island of Courage and Sorrow in the Svisloch river
Minsk's Svisloch river embankment named in honor of Afghan war veterans Tribute to the longest war of the 20th century. The embankment of the Svisloch in Minsk was named in honor of soldiers-internationalists (Afghan war veterans). In Russian, it is pronounced as "Naberezhnaya Voinov Internatsionalistov". This is an area stretching between the artificial Island of Courage and Sorrow in the Svisloch and the point where Melnikaite Street is joined by Pobeditelei Avenue. This initiative was previously proposed by the Minsk city organization of war veterans "Memory". 
Minsk collection of twin cities’ souvenirs
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.
Sergey Koleda, author of the QR code idea
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
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.
Mikhail Kalinin monument
Mikhail Kalinin. Do Minsk citizens know who this man was and what places in Minsk are named after him? Pervomaisky district. Not far from the entrance to the Central Botanical Garden, there is a memorial area with a monument. Serious look and strict cloths. It seems everything in this silhouette shows the great historical past of the man. Do Minsk citizens know who this is?
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.


Bridge in Independence Avenue leading to Victory Square
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
Kakhovskaya Street in Minsk You can find Kakhovskaya street in the Tsentralnyi district of Minsk. It appeared in the 1950s, when the quarter was being built. The cinema Kiev, Kievsky Square and the adjacent Shevchenko boulevard give a clue about the origin of the name of the street. The district is a kind of part of Ukraine on the map of Minsk. The street is named after the town of Kakhovka, which is located in the Kherson region of the neighboring Ukraine.
Minsk side streets: Biaduli Street
Minsk side streets: Biaduli Street Fancy side street intersections is a typical feature of Minsk city. The chaotic nature of housing and small districts abundance with narrow “alleys” that later turned into side streets, caused such a city planning. From 1860 to 1897, the Minsk area grew tenfold. There were around 200 streets and side streets. Markovsky side street (now Zmitraka Biaduli Street) is one of them.
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.
Defense Ministry building
Belarus' Defense Ministry building near Svisloch River It’s not for nothing that the Ministry of Defense’s building (former building of the Belarusian military district’s headquarters) in Kommunisticheskaya Street has been declared one of the most beautiful architectural works in Minsk. It became the first large-scale construction in the post-WWII Minsk and set the architectural style for all the neighboring buildings on the bank of the Svisloch river.


Olshansky Castle
Did Vladimir Karatkevich's Olshansky Castle really exist? The novel by Vladimir Karatkevich The Olshansky Black Castle has always fascinated the reader. But did this castle really exist? When Olshansky Black Castle was picturized  the scene of action was immediately correlated with ancient ruins of the magnificent castle. Halshany is a small village in the Oshmyany district of the Grodno region. Prince Golsha gave the name to these lands. Eduard Korzun found the answer to the question “Did Vladimir Karatkevich copy off his novel from Halshany?”.
Minsk inns of 18-19th centuries The first mention of Minsk inns dates back to 1494. Inns were divided into 2 types: “lodging” (close to modern hotels), with accommodation and a stable, and “non-lodging”, where you can only have a meal. At the end of the 15-16th centuries “non-lodging” inns prevailed. They were simply built and contained 2 or 3 bedrooms, a brick oven for cooking, tables and benches. Inns were built at drive ways, at important trade roads crossing, at town gates and markets.


Ivyanets village: Museum of Belarusian traditional culture This museum has been functioning for more than 55 years. In the Soviet period, its exposition was mostly devoted to Felix Dzerzhinsky or Iron Felix. The ethnographic section describes the life and culture of Ivyanets inhabitants. Here you can find books, photos, documents that are more than 200 years old. Duke Tyszkiewicz and Konstantin Poplavsky are well-known Ivyanets residents.


Cow sculpture to be installed in Minsk
Minsk authorities announce competition for the best cow sculpture A monument to a cow will be put up in Minsk. The Minsk City Executive Committee has announced an open competition, in which professional architects and sculptors can participate. An unusual monument will be put up in Very Khoruzhei Street, near the Komarovsky market in Minsk. Applications are accepted until March 17, 2015, to the department for ideological work, culture and youth affairs of the Minsk City Executive Committee.
Chereya village: Sapiehas’ residence and French poet’s motherland
Chereya village: Sapiehas’ residence and French poet’s motherland The Chereya village is located in the Chashniki district, the Vitebsk region. There are several theories about the origin of the name. Some scientists believe that it derives from the Finnish word “Keraya”, which means “ a meeting”. Other scientists say it means the place where the carex plant is growing.
Bocheikovo village and Chronicles of the Estate The village is located in the Beshenkovichi district, Vitebsk region, the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today the Republic of Belarus. There exist many versions of the name of the village. One of them is that the word Bachnіk in the Old Belarusian language means a wise and intelligent person. Maybe once, there lived a man who gave a lot of advice.


Orekhovno Village: Remains of 18th century buildings The Orekhovno village is situated in the Ushachy district, the Vitebsk region. It used to be a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Nowadays this is the Republic of Belarus. The location of the village lies in the place of a “gostinec” (an old Russian name for a big drive way) from Lepiel to Polotsk. They say the name of the village has come from hazel wood that used to grow there.


The history of Pervomaisky quarter in Minsk Let's stroll along the Pervomaisky quarter and explore its history. From the center we are walking down along Krasnoarmeiskaya Street. In the course of two centuries it has changed about four names, and all were connected with the army. The street got its present name Pervomaiskaya in 1923. The name of the street has not changed since those times.
Dudy Village
Dudy Village: 200-year-old Catholic church The Dudy village is situated in the Iwye district, the Grodno region, which earlier was a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and now is a part of the Republic of Belarus.


National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre
Minsk residents about city’s squares Minsk is a spacious and wide city due to its squares. Nezavisimosti Square takes a place of honor among Europe's largest squares. It occupies 7 hectares and is famous for the largest monument to Lenin in the countries of the former USSR. Nezavisimosti Square Let's see if citizens of Minsk know where the largest square of our country is.
Bread museum
Unique bread museum opens in Motal village Now a new museum is functioning in the village of Motal. Its exposition includes household utensils and agricultural devices. The ceremonial bake (loaf “Gaspadar”) is in the center of attention. Here, in Motal, the loaf plays a special part: the ceremony, which is passed on from generation to generation, can be endowed with the status of UNESCO world heritage. The locals claim that today ceremonies are not as popular as before. Experienced bakers claim that the ceremonial bread came out so big that they had to disassemble the oven.


Ruzhany Castle
Ruzhany Castle The history of Ruzhany Castle (Ruzhansky Castle) dates back to the 16th century, when its construction began to last 200 years. Ruzhansky Castle is a palace worthy of kings and it is called a Belarusian Coliseum. The destroyed walls strike people by their greatness.
State landscape reserve Selyava
State landscape reserve Selyava Selyava Lake is one of the largest water reservoirs in the northeast of Belarus. It is located on the territory of the Krupki district. As much as 1.5 thousand hectares of mirror-like water surface are under the state protection. The national landscape reserve Selyava was established here in 1993. Ecologists and environmental services are watching over the safety of the unique natural complex with populations of rare and endangered species of plants and animals in the natural state.
Belarusian folk clothing
Town Malorita: Unique collection of Belarusian folk clothing The town Malorita is located in the Brest region, Belarus. Formerly, it was just a village. First people settled in this place a long time ago. In 1965, archeologists found a flint dagger there. Scientists determined that this dagger belongs to the Corded Ware culture (1800-1500 BC). Malorita first appeared in the chronicles in the middle of the 16th century. It was first mentioned in the Revision Act of boundaries between the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish Crown. At that time, the village was named Rita Malaya and belonged to King Sigismund Augustus.


Rogachev: Here Vladimir Korotkevich started writing "The spikes under your sickle" It remains unknown whether the town had Magdeburg Rights. However, in 1781, Rogachev received a coat of arms. In the late 18th century, Rogachev became one of the largest centers on the way along the Dnieper River from Kiev to Mogilev. At the end of the 19th century, a theater called "Modern" was built in Rogachev, which has not been preserved to the present day. In the mid-19th century, the population of Rogachev was over 4,500.
Animal sculptures in Minsk Magnificent animal sculptures appeared in Minsk streets relatively not so long ago and became magnets for passers-by. Compared to languorous Venuses, graceful Apollos or buxom female rowers, modern urban architecture embodied in bronze animal sculptures is more elegant and simple. Of course, sculptors used animalistic motives in their works before. For instance, Gorky Park was full of animal statues, such as the swan splashing in the fountain. At the beginning of 1970s, it was surrounded by green frogs.
Creative groups of architects from all over Belarus to work over Minsk's appearance
Creative groups of architects from all over Belarus to work over Minsk's appearance Creative groups of architects from all over Belarus will work over the appearance of Minsk. This was announced by Minister of Construction and Architecture, Anatoly Chernyi. It is about creating a complete image of the Belarusian capital with European gloss. According to the head of the department, Minsk can be proud of the new sports facilities. Historical buildings create appropriate atmosphere and comfort.  


Niasvizh Castle
The secret of Niasvizh Castle The Castle of Niasvizh keeps many secrets, riddles and legends. Let us explore some of them. Niasvizh was once called the uncrowned capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. For four centuries, the owners of the castle, a Polish noble family, the Radziwills, were called the uncrowned kings. The most powerful member of the family was Mikolaj “the Black”, while Stanislaw Radziwill was called the most eccentric –. He was known as “Panie Kochanky” with a reference to his idiolect that means “My Dear Sir”.
Village Bytcha
Village Bytcha: birthplace of a Belarusian children’s literature The village Bytcha is located in the Minsk region, Belarus. Near the village, an ancient settlement is located. In 1882, this settlement was included in the list of archaeological sites, but no excavations were carried out on its territory. The settlement has existed for about a thousand years or even twice longer. Bytcha appeared in the chronicles in 1582.


Peter and Paul Cathedral in Minsk
Peter and Paul Cathedral in Minsk Having gone through its Catholic and Uniate periods, Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral is one of the oldest temples in Minsk. At the end of the 18th century, after Russian Empress Catherine II donated to the restoration of the temple, it carried her name for a while. The history of the church dates back to the Tatar invasion time. In the 16th century, the Crimean Khan burned Minsk down leaving almost all the inhabitants dead.
From Kruglaya Square to Victory Square
What you did not know about houses in Victory Square Houses with turrets, which are located on both sides of Victory Square, continue a solemn system of buildings along Nezavisimosti Avenue and are familiar to every citizen of Minsk. The architectural complex around Victory Square (up to November 1958, it was called Kruglaya Square) was already formed to the mid-1950s. Houses were built gradually. And the houses №34, 36 and 38 were built much faster than the twins on the opposite side.
Staraya Volotova
The last place on earth where epical heroes lived Staraya Volotova is a village located within the city of Gomel, but it has not lost its village colouring until now. According to Gomel paranormal researchers, just above Staraya Volotova people often see UFOs. The researchers are not surprised and say that there you can see anything at all. Even the name of the village has a mythological origin. A myth is something unusual, fantastic and incredible.
Guest house of Jadwiga Kostrovitskaya once stood near present-day House of Government In the second half of the 19th - early 20th century, Jadwiga Kostrovitskaya, a businesswoman, a socialite and a noblewoman, was a household name   in the Minsk province. Her elder brother, Edward Voynilovich, a social activist and a politician, was also known as the initiator of the Red Church construction on Nezalezhnasti Square.
Dedino village (Vitebsk region): The healing spring
Dedino village (Vitebsk region): The healing spring The Dedino village is situated in the Miory district, the Vitebsk region. It was a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and now is a part of Republic of Belarus. ”Dedino” is a an old Belarusian word which means ”grandfather`s heritage”. The first documented mention dates back to the 16th century (1517). In the 17th – beginning of the 18th century, the owners of the Dedino village was the Rudominy family. It was a nice Belarusian family. The members of the family were merchants, diplomats and military servants, and even literary talented persons.


Starodevyatkovichi Village
Starodevyatkovichi Village: Unique Church of St. Paraskeva-Pyatnitsa The village Starodevyatkovichi is located in the Grodno region, Belarus. Once there was one village, named Devyatkovichi. But later it was divided into two separate villages: Starodevyatkovichi and Novodevyatkovichi. In the chronicles, Starodevyatkovichi appeared in 1492, but historians found out that the village had existed for more than 100 years earlier. In 1350, this village became the property of the Meleshko family. 
Negevichi village: Monument to tractor
Negnevichi village: Monument to tractor The village of Negnevichi is located in Novogrudok District (the Grodno region). People who lived here were religious and counted on God in all their deeds. The name of the village figured in the chronicle of the 14th century and is connected with the name of Pavel Obukhovich. Small chapels were built here and in surrounding villages. In 1428 Vytautas, the ruler (1392–1430) of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania,  presented this village for his wife Sophia of Halshany. They didn’t have children and after their death, Negnevichi became the ownership of the state.
Monument to Henry Dunant in Minsk – one of two in the world The bronze bust located at the intersection of Karla Marksa Street and Lenina Street is in honor of Henry Dunant. It was created by a well-known Belarusian sculptor Oleg Kupriyanov in May 2010 to become the second monument to Dunant in the world with the first one in Geneva. Henry Dunant is the founder of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, social activist and humanist.


The most famous clocks in Minsk
The most famous clocks in Minsk The clock in 16 Independence Avenue is the oldest in Minsk. It is about two hundred years old. But it still shows absolutely precise time. The clock with the 2 meters’ minute hand is placed on one of the towers of Privokzalnaya Square. This clock Belarusians see on TV on the New Year's Eve.


44 Nyezalyezhnastsi Avenue
The history of building at 44 Nyezalyezhnastsi Avenue In the late 19th century, the building of house No. 44 was located in Minsk’s outskirts known as Zolotaya Gorka (Golden Hill) at the intersection of Nyezalezhnastsi Avenue and Kazlova Street.  Minsk city began to develop only in the 1930s. According to the capital’s first redevelopment plan, the construction of architectural complexes that were supposed to go along a three-kilometer main street of the city – Sovetskaya – started here.
Minsk between WWI and WWII
The history of Minsk between WWI and WWII Unfortunately, there is not enough information about interwar Minsk. We can learn about the period of the 1920s-1940s with the help of several documents. For example, Sergey Pisetsky, a Polish writer who was a spy, made a very interesting and accurate description of interwar Minsk. Minsk became the center of belligerent Europe. Initially destroyed by war, Minsk was lawless. Goods were in short supply in stores. Markets were empty, too. A kilo of salt was sold for a kilo of sugar and butter. A monthly salary of a working man was not enough to pay for a meal.
Minsk monuments devoted to children
Minsk monuments devoted to children The subject of children takes a special place in Minsk city sculpture. The CTV crew asked some passers-by whether they know any monuments dedicated to children. Minskers:Devoted to children? Urinating boy. In Minsk? I don't know. I know those outside Minsk. I know, but I can’t remember. In Yakuba Kolasa Square. There is a monument. Marat Kazei. No, I haven't heard. Honestly, not. There's a girl with an owl.
Nazis in Minsk
Wilhelm Kube and Heinrich Himmler in Minsk during WWII We are still not aware in full about Wilhelm Kube’s stay in Minsk. Few people know that Heinrich Himmler, who was considered the most fearsome after Adolf Hitler, visited Minsk. Arthur Nebe, the commanding officer of Einsatzgruppe B, welcomed Heinrich Himmler, the leader of German punitive instrument, at the Minsk airport. Heinrich Himmler had a rich program of his stay in Minsk. He visited the Soviet State art gallery, the Opera House and the village of Novinki. Himmler expressed a desire to observe the execution of the Minsk Ghetto prisoners.


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


Oleg Borodin
Belarusian scientist about research in Antarctica Antarctica marks 195 years today. For all time of its existence, it has been visited by 150 Belarusians. Your first impression when you first saw Antarctica? Oleg Borodin, director of the Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus:This was like another planet. And forever! It is always inside my heart. The temperature is about -75 degrees. Is this true?
Designer, Hero of Belarus Mikhail Vysotsky memorial plaque unveiled in Minsk
Designer, Hero of Belarus Mikhail Vysotsky memorial plaque unveiled in Minsk A memorial plaque was mounted in honor of the outstanding designer Mikhail Vysotsky in Minsk. The leading scientist a person of world reputation in the field of mechanics passed away a year ago. Mikhail Vysotsky created a domestic school of designing of trucks. He worked 50 years at Minsk Automobile Plant, 35 of which he was the chief designer. Under his leadership, dozens of automobile models were developed, which have become symbols of the Belarusian industry.


Scarlet Minsk: house with mezuzah and bank Brutal and elegant red-brick ensembles make a positive impression. A red-brick style became the most fashionable variant of low-cost architecture. The red laying decorated Minsk’s central street. A terra-cotta house in Rakovskaya Street is considered to be the most sophisticated. You are impressed by every detail: a luxuriant cornice, chiseled balconies, mirrors and choke stones. The windows have individual framing. Architects managed to create the relief effect of the foreside. In the first part of the 20th century, a hostel was located in this building.


Vereskovo village: Estate of Irish count The Vereskovo village (Grodno region) was a possession of the Radziwill family and an Irish count, and the local church was built by Irish people. They say that heather herb (in Russian: veresk herb) was once in abundance in these places. That’s why village was named Vereskovo. The Vereskovo village is surrounded by forests. Up to this day, these places are called Nemirovschina, because in the 16th century, they belonged to the Nemirovich gentry and Vaclav Nemira governed here.
Leonid Levin
Leonid Levin’s contribution to Minsk architecture Leonid Levin, whose most remarkable achievement is the national war memorial of Khatyn, has played a key role in the Minsk modern view as an architect. Leonid Levin, honored Belarusian architect:When I was younger, I always felt like working on the historical city spot of Trinity Suburb. We designed every single thing out there to create the right atmosphere.  We had ups and downs, but practice makes perfect. Leonid is determined to be open about his job, but underlines that his comments should not be taken to heart.
Secret underground passages of the Upper Town of Minsk
Secret underground passages of the Upper Town of Minsk In the 17th century, in the Upper Town, predominantly Catholic and Uniate monasteries were built. The existence of mysterious underground passages in Minsk is linked to their activities. Sergei Tarasov, a historian and archaeologist, was lucky to visit one of these passages. It happened in the late 1970s, during the excavation of the historic center of Minsk. A scoop actually fractured the top of an underground passage. A research team managed to go 5-7 meters in one and the other side.
Arc-shaped houses in Minsk’s Victory Square
Arc-shaped houses No. 37 and 40 in Minsk’s Victory Square The design of a new city square began in 1939 with the construction of house No. 40 located at Nyezalezhnasti Avenue. The idea of the two arc-shaped houses belongs to architect Roman Stoller. He used one of the first successful standard designs in the Soviet Union as a basis.


Minsk Gorky Park construction
Minsk Gorky Park construction Back in the middle of the 20th century, Gorky Park in Minsk looked so much different from the one we got used to and was known as Governor's Park with its current playground and amusement area project under way. However, some projects aiming to improve the park’s infrastructure remained on paper. In the early 1950s, the Minsk legislature settled upon the Governor's Park site for the creation of Amusement Park, after an abortive attempt to designate the Kuibysheva street area.
Voyenproyekt Institute. Military architecture in Minsk The military Minsk history of  the 20th century is found in the documents ща Voyenproyekt, the architectural institute. During more than 90-year history of Voyenproyekt the company participated in the post-war reconstruction of Minsk and other cities, developed a whole series of special objects required for defence purposes and designed the projects of the military compounds.
Unusual houses in Minsk Architects try to introduce new and unusual elements into their works. Such houses exist only in Paris and Moscow. The first four sections of the unusual building are already built in Minsk. The house was popularly called "Catamaran" for its innovative design: stairs and elevator units are located in separate blocks. The unusual form opens up new possibilities. For example, additional lighting of kitchen and living room is made possible. Thanks to the houses’ planning, the residents get a small isolated courtyard.
Bernardine Monastery
Bernardine Monastery turned hotel The complex of buildings of the former Bernardine Monastery in Minsk was redeveloped into a hotel. The foundation of this monastery was laid in 1628. Originally it was built of wood, but later all the buildings within the monastery were rebuilt in stone. The monastery repeatedly suffered from fires, but over and over again the Bernardines restored it.
History of Belarusian Fashion Center Not only was the architecture of the disrupted postwar Minsk restored, but also life itself. At this time, people were to think about how to feed themselves, rather than what to wear. In 1948, the first and still the only Fashion House was opened. The life of the enterprise as well as life of Belarusian fashion developed rapidly. Each year more than 2,500 models were developed and introduced. In the 1960s, footwear and knitted goods were added to the list of products.
Krasnaya Dubrova Village
Krasnaya Dubrova Village: Unique underground church was earlier located here The Krasnaya Dubrova village, Kopyl district, Minsk region. The village was earlier called Mokrany. In the 18th century, the owner of the village was the Radziwiłł family. In the second half of the 18th century, the cornet Vladislav Vaynilovich bought this village. Saveriy Vaynilovich(Vladislav Vaynilovich`s son) built a small castle in the village. It stayed there until the Bolsheviks came to power and destroyed the building.
Belavia's new Boeing
Belarusian air carrier buys Boeing 737-800 for $28 million A liner for $28 million joined the Belarusian fleet. This is Boeing 737-800. On January 23, in the morning, it arrived from Turkey. This is most popular model of passenger liners in the world. Primarily due to its capacity: it can carry up to 189 passengers, in economy and business classes. Boeing will be able to reach far destinations. This will expand the airport's route network and reduce ticket prices.  


Children Philharmonic Hall at the site of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Minsk The Church of the Holy Spirit was built in the 17th century. Today it is reconstructed and serves as the Children’s Philharmonic Hall. Several years ago, there was nothing at the site of the old church. Only stones that were laid out on a green lawn outlined the contour of the vanished temple. On the one hand, to build here something new was considered blasphemy. On the other hand, there was no money to renovate the old church. The place was “reserved” for the church for more than 70 years.
Central Post Office in Minsk The Central Post Office in Minsk, commonly known in Russian as Glavpochtamt, is the central post service in the city. Its construction started in 1947. The Central Post Office organizes the post service within the city; it leads communication facilities and post offices. Moreover, the Central Post Office provides post and telegraphic services as well as internet services. It receives and processes parcels, packages, letters and money orders.


VDNKh building
The history of VDNKh building in Minsk The abbreviation of VDNKh doesn’t need to be explained to Belarusians. Foreign tourists often ask what it means. The abbreviation can be translated as the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy. The regular exhibitions reflect the past and the present of the building itself. Address: 27 Yanki Kupaly Street In 1968, construction works were very intensive in Minsk. New residential areas sprung up one by one. They were similar in appearance and hardly belonged to any style.
Restaurant Belarus had face-control 50 years ago In the distant 1930s at the intersection of Kirova Street and Volodarskogo Street was the hotel "Svisloch"; the building was burnt during the war. In 1947, the hotel was restored and named "Belarus". You could always meet famous people in the center of the city, where now a five-star hotel is located. It isn’t surprising, that on the ground floor in the "Belarus" hotel was restaurant with high level service. The restaurant had the same name as the hotel.
Minsk's gratings and railings There are a lot of things in Minsk that we don`t notice in everyday life. Among them are forged fences, railings, and gates. Thanks to these details, the city comes alive, becomes comfortable, charms townspeople and guests memorize the city itself. These urban details are remains of the past. A tour of the city named “A forged Minsk” could be arranged for the guests of the city. And this one will bring them much more fun than the traditional tours. In terms of the number and beauty of forged gratings Minsk can compete with the leader – St. Petersburg.
Liberation of Minsk in 1944 During three years of WWII, Minsk suffered under the Nazis. The city was damaged and desecrated. Nevertheless, the citizens were undaunted. All the cultural and scientific institutions, theatres, museums – everything was destroyed and deliberately desecrated by the Nazi barbarians. The German occupation lasted 1,100 days. In order to crush the German Army Group Centre, the Supreme High Command devised a plan of the Operation Bagration – the USSR’s largest summer military operation during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945).
“Generals’ houses” in Minsk “Generals’ houses” is a name given to several residential constructions between Kalinina Square and Tolbukhina Street. The distinguished title is merited. Their architectural image, purpose and significance speak for themselves. In 1939, the construction of the houses was started under the auspices of the architects Morduch Livshits and Valentin Gusev. Within two years, two new buildings appeared. A U-shaped house was supposed to become a link between them. However, the design remained ink on paper.
Minsk. Unique house where only artists live Viktor Gromyko is a people’s artist. He works and lives in the only house-workshop in Minsk. This building was erected in 1977. It was the first one of this kind in Minsk. Before, such workshops were popular in Leningrad. The history of the building’s emergence turned into a legend. It dates back to 1968, when Viktor Gromyka was invited to Pyotr Mironovich Masherov (the first secretary of the Communist party in Belarus).