Minsk stairs: decoration of urban space and historical monuments

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Minsk stairs: decoration of urban space and historical monuments

Stairs are often associated with home or place of work but you can also enjoy a variety of stairs in the streets of Minsk. These are truly elegant architectural elements! Steps become a favorite meeting place decorating urban landscape and hospitally invite for a cultural program in theaters and museums.

The descent from the House of Officers to the promenade in Gorky Park is a true story in itself.

The great staircase is divided into groups of steps. They are like a parade march gracefully climbing the mountain. Such a relief structure helped the architect create a spectacular route.

Joseph Langbard included the stairs in the overall ensemble when designing the House of Officers. As a walkway of wide slabs, it is a worthy completion of Karl Marx Street, though it is hidden from view.

Along the descent there stands a house popularly called Stair. Look at the building: architect Shpits masterfully took into account the space, reflected the rhythm of steps and distinctive style of a nearby staircase.

Galina Levina, architect, winner of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus:
What we see now (the division of the descent into the green zone, a zone of stairs and the area of ​​the ramp) is different from how it was conceived in the 1950s.

A romantic embankment of the river Svisloch appeared after WWII and became a favorite place for meetings and dates.

And today it is like a magnet for those who want to take a walk, relax or take photos.

Laconism and monochromic nature give this waterfront a particular style, which is somewhat reminiscent of the literary area of ​​St. Petersburg. Perhaps this was influenced by progressive views of architects from Moscow and St. Petersburg, who after the war worked on the revival of the capital.

In the midst of a simple fence, we see two descents from the Kommunisticheskaya Street and Yanka Kupala Park. They look at each other but their design is quite different.

Galina Levina, architect, winner of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus:
This descent near which we now stand is completely unexpected decision used by the architects. They make it possible for us not only to go down but also to sit on the benches and relax. And the benches are not temporary element (wood or iron), which can be removed by someone or put back, but it is a piece of architecture and part of the general idea of the waterfront.

A lot of students of the Faculty of Architecture or art schools spend their time here. These huge balls are given special honor - architects put them on kinds of pedestals. They decorate the central entrance to the waterfront and make a small staircase from Yanka Kupala Park the capital's attraction.

A group benches was successfully made part of the overall composition - they are like a cozy living room for residents.

The city's history is different, and architects were able to convey emotions and the character of particular time. These 17 steps lead down to the ravine and tell us about tragedy of the Great Patriotic War and the Ghetto.

The memorial complex Yama (Pit) at the intersection of the Zaslavskaya and Melnikaite streets recalls about Jews killed during WWII. In March 1942, the invaders ruthlessly conducted the largest punitive operation and shot more than five thousand people.

The idea about the bronze sculpture belongs to Leonid Levin and sculptor from Israel Elsa Pollak. In addition, here lies the Alley of the Righteous.

Galina Levina, architect, winner of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus:
The architect created this descent into the pit to depict the last steps of the victims of Nazism. He made alive part of history and told us about the great tragedy.