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Myasnikova Square in Minsk: Violate traffic rules to explore it Myasnikova Square is located in the Oktyabrsky district of modern Minsk. This place on the map of Minsk is located in the heart of our city. It is surrounded by many important buildings, such as the Ministry of Finance, the presidential library, Sendai Public Garden and the main building of the Belarusian State Pedagogical University. Nearest metro station: Plošča Lenina [Lenin Square]. ***


Archcathedral of Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Archcathedral of Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Archcathedral of Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the main Roman Catholic cathedral in Belarus. The first mention of the cathedral dates back to 1700, when the Jesuit order started the construction of the Catholic cathedral. The cathedral became a part of the Jesuit collegium, which, back then, was a very important educational center of the city. Ten years later, the Bishop of Vilna Constantius Bzhastovsky consecrated the cathedral. However, the construction wasn’t finished for some more decades.


Roman Motulsky, director of the National Library of Belarus
National Library of Belarus: By the quantity of excursions, our library is comparable to Ancient Library of Alexandria in Egypt and the US Library of Congress Interview with Director of the National Library of Belarus Roman Motulsky in the program Week. Is it true, that only whispering is allowed in the library?


19th Century Schoolhouses in Minsk
19th Century Schoolhouses in Minsk The buildings of Minsk Government Boys’Gymnasium, Ministerial Gymnasium and Mariinskaya Girls’ Gymnasium are among the most well-known schools in the city that functioned before the Russian Revolution of 1917. A notable fact is that the first Belarusian gymnasium was set up a hundred years earlier than the one in the Russian Empire. Moreover, in the19th century, education was provided by various school types such as elementary schools, high schools commonly referred to as gymnasia, seminaries, and some others.


Church of the Holy Spirit in Minsk: Place for newlyweds Created in the style of Northern Renaissance in the 17th century, the original temple was meant to be a part of the architectural ensemble, along with the square, the City Hall and the trade arcade. The Church of the Holy Spirit belonged to a monastery complex. Back at the beginning of the last century, it was the major Orthodox church in the city and was destroyed in the 1930s. The only part to survive was the foundation that was saved along with all the archaeological finds.


Forgotten castles and sights of Belarus Since Belarusian "must visit" places list includes top-notch castles in Mir, Nesvizh and Navahrudak, the country is primarily known as a land of castles with their names ringing a bell in foreign countries. Independence Avenue in Minsk Every day a bevy of buildings of historical significance don’t draw close attention of passers-by, even though most of them have plaques attached to their walls stating that they are included in the list of Cultural Properties of Belarus. A sight can be added to the list only by agreement with the city authorities.


Archpriest Alexander Verbilo, the head of the Nativity of Christ Church parish in Borisov
Holy shrines of Borisov Borisov is one of the oldest Belarusian towns. It was founded by Boris Vseslavovich, the Prince of Polotsk. The Berezina River divides the town into two parts. The left-side part is called Staro Borisov (old Borisov) and the right-side part – Novo Borisov (New Borisov). By the middle of the 13th century, due to its geographical position, Borisov became a trading center.  In 1563, the town was granted the Magdeburg right.


Lyubchansky Castle
Belarusian reconstructing Lyubchansky Castle Lyubchansky Castle is rarely included in the excursion programs. Tourists who visit Novogrudok are often unaware of the existence of such an interesting monument nearby. For all that, there is something to see and to save. This is only one case in Belarus when people without special education and public investments began to restore the castle. Earlier, no one thought of restoring the ancient castle. Ten years ago a native of Lyubcha Ivan Pechinsky, bet on that he together with like-minded people could restore the ancient stronghold without budget money.


Secrets passages from Minsk brewery to Komarovsky Market Located at the Bogdanovicha Street end of Kiseleva Street, the old red building of the first Minsk brewery is a magnet for passers-by. The history of the brewery starts on January 28, 1864 with Minsk bourgeois Rokhlya Frumkinova to appeal to Alexander II of Russia for permission to build a wooden house for a brewery. Constructed across the street from the current one, it had been run by Rokhlya for almost 20 years.


Sophia of Slutsk monument in Minsk
Sophia of Slutsk monument in Minsk Opening of the monument of Holy Righteous Sophia of Slutsk was held in the territory of the Orthodox parish in Minsk. To display the image of righteous defender of Belarusian land in details, sculptor Mikhail Inkov and architect Nikolai Lukyanchik were working on the monument studying not only the iconographic literature, but also the life of princess. The bronze silhouette weighs more than a ton and is three meters in height.


Minsk origin: new version “In 1067, Izyaslav, Svyatoslav, Vsevolod, having gathered soldiers, went to a battle against Vseslav in cold weather. They approached Minsk, and the citizens shut themselves inside the city. The brothers captured Minsk, killed all men, took women and children with them as the spoils of war and went to the river Nyamiha. And Vseslav finally came to fight against them. They met at Nyamiha on March 3; it snowed heavily, and the troops approached each other, and there was a severe fight, and many people fell…”


History of the Belarusian Hydrometeorological Center Every day, as soon as we wake up, we wonder what the weather is going to be like. Nowadays, we can easily get the answer to this question from a variety of sources of information. By the way, the first televised weather forecast appeared in Britain, in 1936. But what was before that? It is impossible to say exactly when people started to pay attention to weather and track its changes.


Mir Castle
Seven wonders of Belarus: Mir Castle Anton and his friends spent two days to come to Belarus from Russia to get acquainted with Belarus’ history. A good car-parking place and a hotel are as important as excursions. In Mir Castle, the Russians found everything they wanted. Anton Ilyin, autotourist (Russia):I am glad that the government looks after such monuments. The Castle is in good state.


Mogilev Town House
Mogilev Town Hall Mogilev Town Hall used to be a court, a registry office, a prison, a fire observation tower, and a military radio station. Two years ago, the Town Hall was renovated. Having changed the appearance, it didn’t change its history. It is an architectural monument of Magdeburg law, which the city received in 1577. Town Hall appeared a year later, as an essential symbol of self-government.


Transformations of Minsk's Plekhanova Street This is one of the main roads of the Serebryanka district, Minsk. The district has been under construction for a very long time. Plekhanova Street stretches from Partizanski Avenue to Yakubova Street. There used to be a very long and wide ravine with a very beautiful name Serebryanyi Log (Silver Ravine). In the 19th century, it was a very popular outing place among Minsk residents. During World War II, 80% of dwelling houses were ruined. After the war, the construction of low storey houses seemed to be the only reasonable solution to the housing problem.


Boulevards appeared in Minsk only after 1930 With the coming of spring the residents of Minsk took a fancy to each green corner in the city. Besides parks and squares, people also like boulevards. By the way, there are 21 boulevards in the Belarus capital. Do we really know the past of the famous Minsk boulevards? Before the year 1930, there were no boulevards in Minsk. It happened due to narrow streets’ planning. The first one appeared on the spot of the modern Bobruiskaya Street. However, it didn’t play an aesthetic role.  First of all, it was a live barrier between the city and the railroad noise.


More than 300,000 one-liter bottles needed to fill up the biggest fountain in Minsk There are more than 100 fountains in Minsk and with each year this number is increasing.  The season of fountains has been officially opened. Furthermore control-gears are getting more complicated. The fountains are getting bigger, stronger and more beautiful. In some mysteries ways the fountains make the city more attractive. With their beating pours they infuse a fresh spirit into it, bring the city architecture back to life. Minsk residents make appointments near them, come to have a rest and just feast their eyes upon these marvels of engineering.


Zyabki village: The deepest lake in Belarus Residents of the village Zyabki live on the bank of the deepest lake of Belarus and dream that soon they will again have a good living, as a hundred years ago. The village Zyabki is located in the Vitebsk region.


Residence permit in Belarus A permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Belarus will provide foreign citizens and stateless persons with the rights and freedoms equal to those of citizens of the Republic of Belarus (socio-economic rights, labor rights, business and other activities, property and personal rights, right to health and education). Individuals eligible for permanent residence in the Republic of Belarus


Memorial to Austrian Jews unveiled in Minsk A memorial was unveiled at the former Jewish cemetery in Minsk in commemoration of Austrian Jews who during the Great Patriotic War were deported and killed in the Minsk ghetto. There are already 4 war memorials in honor of the victims of anti-Semitism. Representatives of the Austrian authorities attended the opening ceremony.


Mysteries of Minsk rivers There are some interesting facts you should know about the Minsk water system. 1) The Nemiga Minsk was first mentioned in connection with the river Nemiga. There was a time when the Nemiga had two prongs: one rounded the Minsk Tower, another saved its course and still flows into the Svisloch. Time makes its allowances. The Nemiga had one peculiarity: after heavy rains it flooded the surrounding areas, including the market square. Thanks to technologic advance, it was decided that the Nemiga would flow in the tubes.


Ship-shaped BNTU building No.15 This design was put into effect in the early 1980s and it is ahead of time. The reconstruction of building No.15 of the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) was launched in 2007. Land improvement was carried out till 2008. And now builders are involved in the reconstruction of the “ship” itself. The reason was quite obvious – the dreadful coldness in winter.


Kastus Kalinouski
Kastusya Kalinovskogo Street and All Saints Church in Minsk The street in honor of the Belarus revolutionary democrat, the thinker and the publicist, appeared in the capital only in 1963. A hundred years after the fatal January Uprising (1863-1864). Kalinouski is often called “the most outstanding person in the Belarus history”. He was the first person to raise the issue of Belarusian people’s rights and revival of Belarus’ statehood in a hundred years of intervention.


Belarusian passport
Who can become a citizen of the Republic of Belarus   Citizenship of the Republic of Belarus shall be acquired:  -          by birth within the country; -          by naturalization;  -          by registration;  -          in view of other reasons provided by the law. Acquisition of Citizenship of the Republic of Belarus by birth A child shall be a citizen of the Republic of Belarus by birth if by the time of the child's birthday:  - at least one of the parents is a citizen of the Republic of Belarus regardless of the place of the child’s birth;