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Guide to Minsk
Guide to Minsk

Interesting places and facts about the city Minsk in Belarus

It's no secret that the history of Minsk is the entire history of Belarus through centuries of development into a modern metropolis and cultural center of the country. If you think that in today's Minsk it is difficult to find something distinctive and other than Russian traditions - you are mistaken. The city will certainly find what to surprise you with even fall in love with!

The City's Attractions

Pre-war Minsk was virtually wiped off the map, but today the capital of Belarus nevertheless managed to save or rebuild such major attractions as Minsk City Hall, a symbol of what the city has a local government and is all-sufficient starting from 1600. Another similar example is the Red Church which was built in the name of and at the expense of Edward Voynilovich, nobleman and patron from the ancient Belarusian dynasty. You can find very original "monuments to Minsk" throughout the city. They can be hidden beside usual stores or markets, and in residential areas, or the iconic public locations of the city, and depict, for example, an ordinary granny selling sunflower seeds, several buyers of the market, a bathhouse attendant, a lady with a dog right from the pages of Chekhov's novels, or the postman with a newspaper, and many others. Just imagine how much does modern artist, V. Zhbanov, loves and appreciates his city!
Of course, it is better to start with a walk on a broad Independence Avenue, from the Red Church to the Academy of Sciences. When hunger will catch you up, be sure to find any local cafe or restaurant and to try the famous national dish of potato pancakes with sour cream and bacon. Try “retro-shopping”, a reminiscent sign of the Soviet era, and find the best chocolate in the country. Next, move to the City Hall - maybe you'll be lucky enough to get to one of the outdoor concerts. And finally, some extreme leisure like cycling along the river Svisloch.
We were careless enough to mention local food. Now, it's our duty to highlight this pleasant moment of visiting Minsk. Do you want to taste the real cuisine of Belarus? Belarusian cuisine restaurant Kuhmistr, Restaurant Kamyanitsa, Gostiny Dvor, Svoi, Talaka, Tavern at Park Street are the places where the ancient art of preparing traditional dishes is resurrected in full swing. Giant menus are cooked in huge portions, and are not quite dietary, but very tasty. Expect your gastronomic powers in advance!

Historical Interest

If you’re particularly interested in World War II history, that’s a jackpot! The recently opened thematic museum quickly became a star in the whole country and the region. It consists of ten huge exhibition halls with the latest equipment, and rich collection artifacts that included full-size battle planes and tanks. What else tourists might need? The person who is interested in the tragic history of Belarus, where during World War II was killed every third inhabitant, would definitely find this place an absolute attraction for the whole day.
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We were careless enough to mention local food. Now, it's our duty to highlight this pleasant moment of visiting Minsk. Do you want to taste the real cuisine of Belarus? Belarusian cuisine restaurant Kuhmistr, Restaurant Kamyanitsa, Gostiny Dvor, Svoi, Talaka, Tavern at Park Street are the places where the ancient art of preparing traditional dishes is resurrected in full swing. Giant menus are cooked in huge portions, and are not quite dietary, but very tasty. Expect your gastronomic powers in advance!
If you’re particularly interested in World War II history, that’s a jackpot! The recently opened thematic museum quickly became a star in the whole country and the region. It consists of ten huge exhibition halls with the latest equipment, and rich collection artifacts that included full-size battle planes and tanks. What else tourists might need? The person who is interested in the tragic history of Belarus, where during World War II was killed every third inhabitant, would definitely find this place an absolute attraction for the whole day.

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