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24.01.2015

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.  

22.01.2015

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.

21.01.2015

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).

20.01.2015

Minsk tour with your eyes blindfolded The guide Lyudmila Skradal teaches citizens to see Minsk with eyes closed! The extraordinary architecture, numerous historical monuments and clean streets - this is a picture familiar to any citizen of Minsk. It has become so usual that we do not notice all the beauty of our city. If we’ll take at least Svabody Square what comes to mind first? Many will remember the Town Hall and the Holy Spirit Cathedral, someone new sculpture "City scales."
How do Belarusian pilots work? National Airport Minsk is the main airport of Belarus. It is located 42 km away from Minsk. The symbol of the airport is a control tower, in which 4 air traffic controllers monitor takeoffs and landings of aircrafts. Though they are not pilots, their working place is located at a height of 50 meters.
Snowboard in Belarus: how to choose the right board and how to replace it in summer Yulia Krepchuk, correspondent:Despite the fact that there was little snow this winter, the ski season is open. It is high time to develop new sports. For instance, snowboard. The head coach of Belarus snowboard team, Leonid Melnikov, will be our instructor. Leonid Melnikov, the head coach of Belarus snowboard team:Snowboard appeared in Belarus about 10 years ago. The sport is effective in engaging youth.

19.01.2015

How many light bulbs illuminate Minsk? More than 120,000 lighting points in Minsk, including projectors and lamps, are used for facade illumination. From 20 to 30 lamps of different colors and shades give each building a unique image. Today Minsk residents and guests feast their eyes on the works of architects and electricians. Energy efficiency technology is the main advantage of the new lighting system of the city. LEDs are an essential part of Minsk’s lighting equipment. Electric energy consumption of these lights is ten times lower than that of conventional bulbs with the same light output.
Magnificence of Stalin empire style in Minsk Minsk is a rapidly developing city. It is recreated from the post-war ruins and architects from all over the world admire it. First of all, one is usually surprised by the architecture of the empire style. Stalin's empire, to be exact. The city architecture came under powerful influence of this well-known style, which approved idea of imperial greatness.
Stalin’s empire style
Stalin’s empire style in Minsk architecture Minsk architecture was influenced by this famous style, which consolidated the idea of imperial grandeur. Stalin’s empire style was spread during Stalin’s rule (1933-1953). Some researchers consider it as a variation of art deco. Obviously this architectural style was derived from the French empire style of Napoleon Bonaparte. In the first part of the 19th century, French authorities tried to give the splendor of ancient Rome to their towns.
Myths connected with Minsk statues Minsk has its legends. Some of them have existed for a long time, others have been created only recently. The bronze carriage near the Minsk City Hall sends newly wedded couples to a happy life and, as many other Minsk monuments, brings luck. The bronze Minsk inhabitants are full of legends. For example, a sculpture of a horse (created by Vladimir Zhbanov), which is located near the Komarovsky market,  is believed to fulfill wishes. You just need to mount the horse and touch a sparrow on his mane.
Zabalac village
Zabalac village (Grodno region). 200-year-old Catholic church The first Christian temple – a wooden church of the Holy Trinity – was built in Zabalac in 1622. In the 17th century, there were fierce battles between the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. As a result, the village and the church were damaged. In 1803, Ludwik Tyszkiewicz, a Polish-Lithuanian nobleman, ordered to build in Zabalac a new church made of stone.

18.01.2015

Kurenets
Kurenets town: Reminder of Kastus Kalinouski uprising The agricultural settlement of Kurenets is located in the Vileika district of the Minsk region. In Kurenets, an archaeological site dating back to the 4th-2nd millennium BC is situated. The annalistic history of the town goes back to 1355. They say that the first church was built in the mid-16th century. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during the Soviet era.  
Zhodishki village
Zhodishki village (Grodno region): 400-year-old Calvinist cathedral Zhodishki is located in Smorgonsky raion [Smorgon district]. The name is of the Baltic origin and it means “flourishing banks”. The village is really situated on the beautiful and flourishing banks of the Viliya river. In 1511, a landowner built there a castle and founded a townlet Zhodishki. In 1567, the following landowners established here the first Christian church.
Parichi village
Parichi village. Only Parichi and Sweden have such a unique coat of arms The Parichi village is located in Svetlogorsk District on the marvelous bank of the Berezina river. This is the longest river on the territory of Belarus. Its length is more than 600 kilometers. The first mention about Parichi dates back to 1566, but the first inhabitants settled here in the 5th century. Near Parichi was founded ancient site, which belonged to the Neolithic period.
Ignat Buinitski
Prozoroki: Homeland of the National Belarusian Professional Theater The village Prozoroki is located in the Vitebsk region, Belarus. It stands on the ancient road that once connected two towns: Polotsk and Vilnius. The road is called Algerdova, in honor of Duke Algirdas, who restored it after a long undermaintenance. In the chronicles, this village appeared in the 16th century.
Telusha village. Burial place of Alexander Pushkin’s grand-daughter The Telusha village is located in Bobruisky raion [the Bobruisk district], the Mogilev region. Once this village was a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and now it is a part of Belarus. Where does the name come from? In former times, there was someone with the family name Telekh and it influenced the village name. Another opinion is that the name could come from the word “zelyakhi” (it means “uncouth logs”).
Zakaziel
Zakaziel (Brest region): Residence of renowned Belarusian Orzeszko family The famous writer Eliza Orzeszkowa used to visit village Zakaziel. At that time, she was not famous yet. She lived near the village with her husband, Piotr Orzeszko. The village is located in the Drahichyn district, the Brest region. The name Zakaziel means “behind the goats”. They say that in the past there was a meadow where goats pastured. Over the meadow, there was a settlement. When a settler was asked where he is heading to, he would answer: “I am going over the meadow where goats pasture”.

16.01.2015

Molyatichi and its replica of the Roman Cathedral of St. Peter
Molyatichi village and its replica of Roman Cathedral of St. Peter Molyatichi is a small village located in the Krichev district of the Mogilev region. The history of the village goes back to 1639. According to written sources, in those days, 13 huts with 28 male inhabitants were built in Molyatichi. The village was state-owned, and the country was led by  Władysław IV Vasa, the son of King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Sigismund Vasa.
Naroch village: German casino stood here on Meer Platz during WWI The Naroch village is located in the Myadel district of the Minsk region. Formerly, it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today it is the Republic of Belarus. This settlement called Naroch is only 47 years old. Earlier it was called Kobylnik. In Soviet times, someone apparently didn’t like the ancient name. In 1964, Kobylnik was renamed Naroch. But the locals didn’t refuse from the initial name.
Ozernitsa village church
Ozernitsa village: Birthplace of Belarusian national theater The Ozernitsa village is located in Slutsky Raion [the Slutsk district], the Grodno region. Why is the village called Ozernitsa? Once it was surrounded by lakes (“ozero” means “lake”).  But today you would not find those lakes. All of them were drained and only swaps remained till nowadays.
Mogilno village
Village Mogilno: Here lived philosopher Solomon Maimon, who criticized Kant's ideas The village Mogilno is located in the Uzda district, Belarus. Here Solomon Maimon, a prominent Enlightenment philosopher, lived up to the age of 25. First time this village was mentioned in the chronicles in connection with the legendary battle that took place in Mogilno in 1284. This village is located on the bank of the river Neman, which once formed the border between tribes of the Balts and the Russ.

15.01.2015

Jacques-Yves Cousteau monument
Jacques-Yves Cousteau monument in Minsk Minsk received such a gift from one of the students of the Minsk Art Academy in honor of World Oceans Day. The half-meter bust was located in the Minsk Center of Oceanography. By the way, together with the bust, bloodthirsty marine inhabitants - red-bellied piranhas - were brought here.
Bershty (Grodno region): Royal village Bershty is one of the oldest places in western Belarus that used to be a part of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. For the first time, humans started to settle down near the Kotra river long ago.
Face of Jesus Christ in Pustynki
Face of Jesus Christ appears on wall in school in Belarus’ Pustynki Today there is not a single house left in the Pustynki village. The name Pustynki means “desert”. The place takes its name from the old days when the village was populated mainly by monks who lived in mud huts. They say the monks arrived from the Kiev Monastery of the Caves.
Parafyanovo village (Vitebsk region) The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary has stood here for several centuries. Parafyanovo Village is considered one of the most ancient settlements in the Dokshitsy district. The name of this village comes from the word “parishioner”. The first documented mention in the chronicles dates back to 1435.
Dubrovno. Catherine II presented the town to Count Potemkin Dubrovno belonged to the Sapieha family till 1772. After the first partition of Rzeczpospolita (when the town became a part of the Russian Empire), Catherine II presented the town to Count Potemkin. When Potemkin came here and saw that there live a lot of hard working people, he decided to found in Dubrovno several manufactories. One of the first was a clothing factory.
Pietrykaŭ: A place where the Grand Duchy of Lithuania repelled Tatars' attacks Pietrykaŭ (Petrikov) town is located in the Gomel region. This is one of the most mysterious places of Eastern Polesie settlements. The legendary Yotvingian duke Piotr founded this place. Historians say that in the religion of pagans, there was no such a name – Piotr. It stressed one more the fact that this is an ancient and enigmatic place. The first documented mention is the 16th century and it was then a small town in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Petrikov was one of the most important trade centers on the Pripyat River and it belonged to the Olelkovich family.
Chausy
Chausy: Native land of Michael Douglas' father Everybody knows about Zaporizhian Sich, Ukrainian Cossacks, Don Cossacks and Kuban Cossacks. In the 17th century, Belarus had its own autonomous republic of Cossacks. The former capital of Belarusian Cossacks is the Chausi town, in the Mogilev region.
Fixed route taxi
Night public transport in Minsk from January 20 From January 20, night public transport routes will be introduced in Minsk. As an experiment, two areas were selected: Railway Station - Malinovka and Railway Station - Shabany.  Minibuses will run every hour, starting from 1 am to 5am.  If such an experiment is successful and popular with Minsk residents, fixed route buses will service other neighborhoods. 

14.01.2015

Bragin village meteorites It is still not clear why the village is called Bragin. Some historians claim that the village got the name of the Braginka river, some say it derives from the moorland.
Germanovichi village
Germanovichi village: Belarusian Leonardo da Vinci Germanovichi village. It is located in the Šarkaŭščyna (Sharkovshchina) district, the Vitebsk region, the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania and today the Republic of Belarus. According to local historians, this settlement was founded in the 13th century. Officially, the first mention about Germanovichi dates back to 1563.
Belynichi: Religious center of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania The village Belynichi is located in the Mogilev region, Belarus. The history of this village starts with mountain Ilyinskaya. In 1240, Tatars attacked Kiev and four monks from Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, taking the ancient Byzantine icon, sailed up the river Dnieper. When they reached Ilyinskaya mountain, they decided to land on the bank of the river and stay there overnight.
Orthodox convent in Barkolabovo Village
Barkolabovo Village: The chronicle The Great Patriotic War didn’t affect the village of Barkalabava because of the Mother of God icon. The village of Barkalabava, which is located in the Mogilev region, is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in Belarus and can change the Belarusian historical framework. In 1654 Barkulab Korsak, a cavalry master, ranged eyes round the ancient settlement and decided to erect a castle on these hills to defend eastern Belarusian borders. Soldiers offered to name the castle in honor of Barkulab with the purpose of frightening the enemy.
Tarnovo Village: Here ordinary people live in the 19th-century palace Tarnovo is located in the Lida district of the Grodno region. The history of Tarnovo goes back to the 17th century. It used to be in possession of such famous family as the Zawiszas. Anna Zawisza married Peter Tarnowsky in 1690. He built an estate and called in Tarnovschina. In 1711, Barbara Zawisza married Nicolay Faustin Radziwill. So the village became the property of the Radziwills.
Tihinichi village and its famous wine distillery   Tihinichi is located in the Rogachev district of the Gomel region. In the middle of the 17th century, colonel Symon Askerka was granted the village  for the liberation of the Nesvizh and Mir castles from the Swedes. Having appeared in possession of the Askerkas, in 1776, the village received the status of a town. In 1778, thanks to the family, a wooden church was built in Tihinichi.
Unique church in Veyno village There are several villages in Belarus with the name Veyno. One of these villages is located in the Mogilev region, the Mogilev district. It used to be a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.Then the village was called Veno. Now it is part of Belarus.
Luzhki village: Church that does not explode
Luzhki village: During WWII, bombs did not explode near the local church Luzhki village, Sharkovshchinsky raion [Sharkovshchinsk district], the Vitebsk region. Luzhki is situated on the banks of the Mnyuta river.  For the first time the village was mentioned in the beginning of the 16th century (in 1519). At those times, the village belonged to the famous and glorious family of Sapieha and maybe they often came to the bank and fished for crucians, tenches and pikes and during the hot summer days, they liked dipping into refreshing and pure water.
Pogost-Zagorodskaya village: Ancient administrative center or just a graveyard? Pogost-Zagorodskaya village, Pinski raion [Pinsk district], Brest region. The word “pogost” is known since the 10th century. In former times, Belarusians’ ancestors were living in communities and the center of a community was called “pogost”. It was an administrative center and also a marketplace.

12.01.2015

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky monument in Minsk Gorky Park, the Svislach, sunny alleys, attractions, the planetarium and the observatory – the Belarus capital takes care of its curious children. The monument to Konstantin Tsiolkovsky is located at the highest place of the park. Let’s find out who this person was? Minsk residents: The monument is located near the planetarium, maybe this person was somehow connected with cosmonautics. Tsiolkovsky is the explorer of stars and the theorist of astronomy, famous physicist and scientist.
Ded Talash monument in Yakuba Kolosa Square
Ded Talash monument in Yakuba Kolosa Square The name of Vasily Talash is familiar to every Belarusian. He was a scout of the Red Army, a leader of a partisan party, who acted heroically during the Second World War and the Polish-Soviet war. Talash took part in military actions at the age of 100. Grigory, the main character of writer Yakub Kolas’ “Tryasina” [the Bog], became the prototype of Vasiliy Talash. Mr Talash was acquainted with Yakub Kolas, who admired his deeds.
Khakhlova village
Khakhlova village: Humanist Symon Budny lived and worked here According to a legend, many years ago the current place of the village was occupied by a large lake. And a little boy drowned in it. His mother cursed the lake, which is why it almost completely dried up. Some people claim a pagan temple existed here. 400 years ago people prayed to Perun (the main pagan god). In 1839, people decided to construct a storage for potatoes. They found a skull, three times larger than that of the present-day human.
St. Nicholas Church in Lahoysk The town of Lahoysk (the Minsk region) is called “Belarusian Switzerland”. That’s all because the town is located on picturesque hills. Lahoysk is one of the oldest towns in Belarus. It was first mentioned in the chronicle of 1078, thanks to Vladimir Monomakh, the Great Prince of Kyiv, who was at war with Vseslav of Polotsk.  During this war he managed to сapture Lahoysk.
Raubichi village
Raubichi village: Unique collection of Belarusian national costumes The village Raubichi is located in the Minsk region, Belarus. Somewhere in the middle of the 17th century, one of local residents went into the forest and saw an icon of the Mother of God on a tree. He went back to the village and told the rest of the villagers about what had happened.
Leonpol, Vitebsk region
Leonpol: Monument to Europe's first constitution Leonpol village, Miory district, Vitebsk region. When Nikolai Lopatinski, famous, educated and wealthy man, came here he was just confused. Not because of the abundance of beavers but because of all this beauty: the Dvina river, fields and forests. What else do you need to have a rest after a good work?

11.01.2015

Novy Dvor: Village saved by an icon Novy Dvor, which is located in the Svisloch district of the Grodno region, remembers much of the history of Belarus. In ancient times, dukes of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania feasted there and important trade routes passed through this place. Of course, wars didn’t stay away from this place either.
Gruzdovo: The miraculous Mother of God icon
Gruzdovo: The miraculous Mother of God icon has been kept here since 1433 The name of the mushroom, Gruzd, has no relation to the name of the Gruzdovo village. The thing is that "gruz" is an ancient word that means "ruins". Here and now you can find many stones which indicate that once there was a castle at this place. During WWII, it was destroyed and only ruins were left. So people called this place Gruzovo.

10.01.2015

Zhdanovichi: Sanatorium with mineral waters Not far from our capital, there is a small village, which is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Minsk region. The village is young, but it is located in a very ancient place. Village of Zhdanovichi, Minsk district, Minsk region, Belarus. The first settlement appeared here in the IV century. Village of Zhdanovichi appeared thanks to a very interesting, extraordinary man - doctor  Ivan Ustinovich Zdanovich.
Motol: Royal Palace of Bona Sforza   The first mention of Motol (Motaĺ) in the Lithuanian chronicles goes back to 1422. This area belonged to the Duke of Pinsk - Prince Fyodor Yaroslavovich. After his death, the land came into possession of the Kingdom. In those days, Sigimund I was The King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He had a wife - a young Italian Bona Sforza, who was placed in charge of Pinsk lands.
Belavichy: Birthplace of mother of Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible
Belavichy: Birthplace of mother of Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible Belavichy Village. The village is located in the Ivatsevichi district, the Brest region, which is the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Today it is the territory of the Republic of Belarus. Some say the name of the village came from the family name Belavich, while others claim the name originates from the word Bel’ that means a low marshy place.

09.01.2015

Ruchitsa: summer residence of Belarusian composer Ogiński The summer residence of the famous Belarusian composer Mikhail Kleofas Oginski was located in the village Ruchitsa, the Vilejka district, where once the manor of the Oginski family Ganuta was also located. Tadeusz Oginski was not an ordinary man. He was just twenty-one when he got involved in politics as a deputy to the two-week Sejm in Warsaw and already in his 30’s, he became a senator and castellan of Trakai.  In those days Tadeusz Oginski had a lot of estates, but the manor Ganuta was his favorite one.
Vaŭkavysk: The crown of the Grand Duke of Lithuania The town of Vaŭkavysk, the Grodno region. They say that once impassable bogs and a dense forest were located here. A gang under the command of two brothers, Volok and Vysek, operated in that forest. They robbed and murdered passers-by. People were afraid to go to these places. But once, a brave man, Zaveyka, eliminated the gang and set up a settlement there. For some reason Vaŭkavysk settlers named the place after the two brothers. The settlement is still called Vaŭkavysk.
Adampol village was first to abolish serfdom
Adampol village was first to abolish serfdom The village of Adampol was founded in 1810 by Belarusian landowner Mr Adam. The second part of the word, ‘pol’, means ‘city’. In the 18th century, this land was the Radziwiłłs’ property. And in the 19th, it was bought by Adam Chreptowicz, Lithuanian chancellor’s son. He was a famous patron of arts, philanthropist and a military leader.
Bystrica: The oldest village in Belarus
Bystrica: The oldest village in Belarus The village of Bystrica is located on the riverside of the Vilya. It is considered the most ancient settlement in Belarus, connected with Migration Period and the Krivichy tribe who moved eastwards. The Viliya became an obstacle for the Krivichy. The tribe were looking for a possible crossing and eventually found it. A suitable place was found at the confluence of the Bystrica and the Vilya. The Bystrica is a small but fast river.
Island of Tears in Minsk
Minsk monuments connected with wars Minsk abounds in war memorials. The Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan took an infinite number of people. The Island of Courage and Sorrow is a sacred place for veterans. They gather here every year and pay tribute to the memory of the fallen. The monument of Angel completes the architectural essence of the island.
Roman Catholic chapel in Skidel
Skidel: Restored Roman Catholic chapel Once this place in the Grodno region was called ”Skid”. This name comes from the old Baltic word ”skidos”, which means ”a shield” (from the Russian language). The warriors lived in this place. In the 16th century, the Skidel [Skidzyel] village was in the center of the volost (a small rural district), with three voivodeships being its parts. Despite all this, the settlement itself was very small. Perhaps, the size of the settlement would remain so small, but Władysław IV Vasa decided to found a small town on the territory of Skidel.
Holy Trinity Church in Volno
Volno village: Holy Trinity Church Volno village in the Baranovichi district, the Brest region, was founded by resilient people who could and were good at making their own choices. Together with Belarusian monuments, antique names such as “Volno” were preserved. “Volno” comes from the old word “will” and “will” sounds the same way in the different languages and means “strength”, “expectation”, “power”, and “choice”.
Old paving stones in Minsk streets
Old paving stones in Minsk streets. Where can you find a piece of the past? Until the 16th century Minsk streets did not have any pavement. In those days the sewage system did not exist and all the sewages poured out on the streets. There was plenty of wood and people made pavement from it. And in the late 16th - early 17th century, first paved yards appeared. Sergei Tarasov, Candidate of Historical Sciences, archaeologist:First paving stones appeared in the late 18th century. And those who drive into the city had to pay a road tax.

08.01.2015

First mills appeared in Minsk only in late 15th century Once a sorcerer, named Menesk, settled on the river Svisloch and built a mill here. Nobody has ever seen him and people just spun stories about his heroic strength. They said that he could grind stones into flour and believed that at night, travelling around the Svisloch land, he gathered his own army. As a result, a separate nation appeared and this place, near the Svisloch river, was named after its legendary founder - Menesk.
Invisible squares in Minsk - United Nations Square
Invisible squares in Minsk 8 Marta Square (8 March Square) Many Minsk citizens do not know about the existence of 8 March Square even when they are there. However, do not blame the local residents. There are no traditional monuments in this place dedicated to Lenin or Stalin and so on. Besides, this triangle area does not justify its name. There are not many attractions there – just a pavement and a lawn. The place was overshadowed by the Niamiha subway station inauguration.
Fire station in Gorodskoi Val Street
Red buildings in Minsk In the early 20th century, the central streets of Minsk were lined with many redbrick buildings. However, now, in the city of skyscrapers, the original "gingerbread style" is a sheer rarity. Time has not been kind to the unique setting, but the city is always ready to open new pages of history. Nowadays it’s hard to notice an old-fashioned building on the picturesque banks of the Svisloch river. It used to be a wine distillery at the beginning of the 20th century. 
Druya Village
Druya Village, Vitebsk region Druya is a village situated on the left bank of the Zapadnaya Dvina, near the confluence with the river Druyka. It is not known exactly when the village was created: in the Stryikovsky chronicle, it dates back to 1386, while in other chronicles the beginning of the 15th century is mentioned.
Kreva Castle remains
Kreva Village: The place of Grand Dukes' intrigues The history of Krevskiy Castle [Kreva Castle] is quite rich but one can find only its ruins at present. In 1338 Gediminas, The Grand Duke of Lithuania, handed over the reins of government to his son Olgerd [Algirdas]. This is the first documented mention of Kreva Castle and it is considered the first construction date. After the death of Olgerd, Yagaylo became the owner of castle. One of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania - Kęstutis - was strangled in the basement of this very castle.
Antonovsky Park in Minsk Antonovsky Park is located between zavulak Klumova (Klumova Side Street), Partyzanski praspekt (Partyzanski Avenue) and Planiornaja vulica (Planiornaja Street). It's not far from the city center, but these are quite wild places with waterfalls on the Slepyanskaya water system, where citizens often bathe. In the middle of the 19th century, Archbishop Antony Zubko created a model farm on the right bank. Soon the area was named Antonovka, and in 1928 Antonovsky park was opened. After WWII, its territory was built up, with the park being revived nearby.

07.01.2015

Belarus: Basic information Official Name Republic of Belarus President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (1994 - present) Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov (December 2014 - present) Total land area of Belarus 207,600 km² Nationality of Belarus Population – 9.468,2 million (on 1 January 2014)

06.01.2015

Minsk legends Do you think the Belarus capital isn’t rich in urban legends? The CTV decided to walk across Minsk and collect the most unusual stories. Today it is impossible to imagine Minsk without these bronze sculptures. They embody the real architectural spirit of the city. Many of them become local legends immediately after having appeared on streets. For example, if a lonely guy sits for a while on a bench with the Townswoman in Mikhaylovsky Square and strokes the lady’s knee, he will shortly meet his soulmate.
Belarus to cancel visas with Brazil, Ecuador Belarus has completed the domestic ratification procedures in line with agreements with Brazil and Ecuador on the abolition of visas. The texts of these agreements were published at the national legal website on January 6. The agreement between the governments of Belarus and Brazil on visa abolition for short trips was ratified by the virtue of the relevant Belarus' law as of December 29, 2014.

05.01.2015

Monument to Holocaust victims in Minsk More than 5,000 Jews were killed in this place of present-day Minsk. The eloquent memorial to the victims of the Holocaust makes everyone stop and think.  Its authors (architect Leonid Levin and sculptor Maksim Petrul) approached the project philosophically. Sadness and sorrow are reflected in furniture. A table as a family gathering place with huge cracks and a broken chair. The monument embodies disturbed people's comfort.
Anti-cafe in Minsk As of January 2015, there were three anti-cafes in Minsk:   Anti-cafe “FreeDom” Address: Minsk, 69 Masksim Tank Street Working hours: Daily from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 till 23:00   Anti-cafe “Dom Talanta” Address: Minsk, 58 Nezavisimosti Avenue   Anti-cafe “Dom Fishera” Address: Minsk, 84A Nezavisimosti Avenue Working hours: Sunday-Thursday 12:00 p.m till 23:00 p.m every Friday from 12:00 p.m till 7:00 a.m.;
Suvorov Military School in Minsk From the Niamiha metro station to the Suvorov Military School   *** The story of all Cadet-type institutions starts with the main entrance. However, the main entrance to the Seminary, the predecessor of Suvorov Military School, was the same - three doors and a facade facing a busy street. As cadets say, from this entrance they make first steps in apprehending the mystery of the military profession.
Interior of Minsk governor’s house From the Niamiha metro station to the Governor's house   *** Mikhail Savitsky’s Art Gallery is located in the building of former estate of the 18th century with a rich history.
Look for arches in Minsk and make wishes under them! Not so many old houses with arches remained in Minsk but all of them are echoes of the Stalinist era. Such “walk-through” buildings appeared in Minsk during the postwar period, but the origin of this architectural element has its roots in antiquity.
Park of 40th Anniversary of October Revolution in Minsk Once the area where the present-day Park of the 40th Anniversary of the October Revolution is located was called Koshary. This is where a city racetrack was located and a famous Victory Day parade held. Moreover, Nazis were executed there. Now this cozy corner has lost half of its trees because of the construction of the hotel Beijing. Nearest metro station: Pieršamajskaja  

04.01.2015

Beer museum in Minsk   Address: 30 Kisileva Street (30 vulica Kisialiova) Excursion days: Wednesday-Sunday. Scheduled time for excursions: 4.00 pm-5.30 pm 6.00 pm-7.30 pm To become a visitor you need to fill in the application available on the official web-site: http://www.alivaria.by/en/museum/exposition/Pages/default.aspx and send it to museum@alivaria.by Or call:
Former Minsk racetrack: The place where 14 Nazis were executed in public The first and the only Minsk racetrack was located at the site of the present Park of the 40th Anniversary of the October Revolution. It has a short but eventful history. A great number of military barracks (called “koshary”) were situated in this area. That’s why the district was called “Kosharski” and the present Krasnoarmeyskaya Street – Kosharskaya Street.   Location of the racetrack on the present-day map. The nearest metro station is Pieršamajskaja  

02.01.2015

Staryye Dorogi: First bus station in Belarus People say that all roads lead to Rome. One of such roads has led us to the town of Staryye Dorogi [in Belarusian: Staryja Darohi]. Ages and ages ago, there was a huge swamp where today’s town is situated. And those people who inhabited this place were called The Dregoviches (“drehva”, or “dryahva” means "swamp" in Belarusian). It is said that these people were strong as bears. They could walk all along the swamps just like a tank; there was nothing they could be afraid of.
Rozhanka: First neo-gothic church in Belarus Rozhanka [Ražanka] village, Schuchinsky raion [in English: Schuchin district], Grodno region.  In former times, a Polish landowner was living there. He travelled a lot and from each trip he brought amazing roses. As time goes by there was collected a great number of roses at the estate. So the place got the name Rozhanka or Ruzhanka (“ruzha” means a rose in Belarusian). It is a really ancient place. The first reference to it dates back to 1537, to the letters of the Grand Duke of Lithuania and the King of Poland Sigismund I the Old.
Retro. Minsk in 1973 A Belarusian TV report about how Minsk is developing and growing (1973). More about Minsk in the past.
Remembrance memorial in Dzerzhinsky Avenue The Remembrance memorial was unveiled in Minsk’s Dziaržynskaha Avenue [Dzerzhinsky Avenue] on November 7, 2013. Getting there: The nearest subway station is Piatroushchyna The memorial complex is next to 84 Dziaržynskaha Avenue, please ask passers-by for exact location. It is called Memorial Pamyat in Russian.  
Berezhnoe: Home to glorious Olesha family The Berezhnoe village is situated in the Brest region in the south-west of Belarus and occupies a bank of the Horyn River. The 659 km long Horyn River takes its source in Ukraine and flows into the Pripyat River and then to the Black Sea. Supposedly, first inhabitants journeyed either from the Black Sea, or even from the Danube.  From 1508, a noble family of the Oleshas owned Berezhnoe for four centuries. The surname Olesha derives from the family’s ancestor’s name Alexander, whose child’s nickname was “Olesha.”
Radomlya: Village of Belarusians’ ancestors Let's take a look at the former capital of the Slavic tribe Radimichi - the town that dates back to the time when the tribe’s forefather Radim lived. Welcome to the Radomlya village in the Mogilev region. In the 10th century, Radimichi journeyed to the left bank of the Raducha river and established the town that became the capital of their tribe’s territory and was named after them. 

01.01.2015

Baran village: Birthplace of first rail transport radio stations Baran village, Orsha raion [Orsha district], Vitebsk region. In 1873, the nobleman Menzhinsky finds out that ages and ages ago there was a place in the estate of Baran, Vitebsk region, where ore was mined, iron was smelted and bullets and cannon-balls were produced. That is why he decides to establish there a nail producing factory. He brings the first steam-engine as well as manufacturing machines from Germany and Switzerland and the factory begins to produce not only nails but also springs.
Drysviaty: Legend of Treasure Island Scientists believe that the name of this village located in Braslaw raion [Braslav district] in the Vitebsk region means “lake” or “water”. Isn’t it wonderful that the village lies on the shore of the lake with the same beautiful name Drisvyaty? Drisvyaty is situated at the border with Lithuania. As people say it is right at its doorstep; if one goes by lake, Lithuania is just two paddle strokes away. Scientists say that the word “drisvyaty” came from Lithuanian and means “to have the courage”, “to dare”.

31.12.2014

Monuments to prominent Belarusians outside Belarus Having a memorial in your homeland is one thing, but if a person has one abroad, it marks his great achievements and multiplies respect. The CTV would like to introduce Belarusians who obtained the highest degree of recognition. Francysk Skaryna
Ischalna village: The only sundial in Belarus The Ischalna village is located in the west of Belarus. Even scientists don’t know where this name came from. But what they do know is that this word is of a Baltic origin and that the village was founded by the Balts. The village has existed since the end of the 15th century as a princely possession owned by prince Alexander.

30.12.2014

Revolyutsionnaya Street in Minsk One of the most beautiful ancient Minsk streets - Revolyutsionnaya Street (former Koydanovskaya Street), runs down from the Upper Town to Gorodskoi Val Street. Its classic low-rise buildings conjure up images of old Europe. This street appeared on the map of Minsk in the 16th century. The first description of houses dates back to 1530.

29.12.2014

Oktyabrskaya (Kastryčnickaja) Square in Minsk Nearby metro station: Kastryčnickaja (blue line) or Kupalaŭskaja (red line). Note that this is in fact the same metro station (transfer from one line to the other). More on the Minsk subway

25.12.2014

No English language announcements in Minsk metro from January 1, 2015 From 1 January 2015, English-language announcements will be removed from Minsk metro. The year of hospitality ended in Belarus. Minsk authorities explain the move by their intention to make stops shorter. Minsk subway press-secretary Andrey Kuzmin said: "First, the Year of Hospitality in Belarus is coming to an end. Secondly, it is no secret that English-language announcements make stops longer.

22.12.2014

Minsk Sea (Minskoye More Lake) HOW TO GET TO MINSK SEA From the center of Minsk, take the highway Minsk - Molodechno (journey time is about 25 minutes).  Another option is a train service from the Minsk railway station in the direction of Molodechno to the stop "Minskoye More". ***
Monument to Minsk mineral water source in Gorky Park An unusual monument is located in Minsk's Gorky Park. It is dedicated to the first source, from which the history of the popular mineral water brand "Minskaya-4" began.  85 years ago, in 1929, famous geologist Gerasim Bogomolov discovered a groundwater source at a depth of 400 meters, right at this place.  Now Minsk Soft Drink Factory extracts mineral water from four wells. Emphasis is made on the natural and organic origin of the product. 

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