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In summer 2011 we decided to explore Belarus, which was already on our must-visit list since a few years. Unfortunately, a visa is mandatory for the country. We started our journey in Vilnius (Lithuania), because there we could conveniently organise the visa for a 10 days independent trip through Belarus.
The first city we visited in Belarus was Minsk, where we stayed 5 nights to become acquainted with the country's peculiarities.
Minsk is not only the capital but also home to the headquarter of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). With more than 1,8 Million inhabitants, Minsk is the biggest city in the country. It is located at the Svislach river.
Due to its almost total destruction during the Second World War, Minsk is nowadays a masterpiece of Social Realist and Soviet architecture. We were impressed by places like the Indpendence Square, Independence Avenue, Victory Square and October Square, just to name a few.
We also took the chance to take a day trip by suburban train to Zaslavl, which is a small town dating back to 985 AD. On this trip we also got in contact with a young Belarusian couple with whom we enjoyed a great day out of the big city.
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."
--- Martin Buber ---
- Pros:Great mixture of Soviet style, classic and modern architecture.
- Cons:Visa requirements make an independent trip difficult.
- In a nutshell:Belarusian capital of grandiose Stalinist architecture.
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