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Minsk is one of the oldest towns in Eastern Europe. First time it was mentioned in the year of 1067 as a town of Duchy of Polock. In 14th century, when Minsk became a city of Grand Duchy of Lithuania, it was center of territory called vaivadija in Lithuanian (the name of "region" in medieval times). Later, in 1499, it got Magdeburg rights - rights of self government.

From 16th century to 18th century all the most beautiful sights of Minsk were formed - Town Hall, Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, monastery of Bernardines, old town, so on. Population of Minsk started to grow up faster after the construction of railway in 1871. In 1919 it became capital of Belarus Republic (incorporated into Soviet Union). The hardest time for city life was Second World War. After it city lost most of its buildings (about 80%). There was decision to move capital to Mogiliov, but city got up from ashes quite fast.

Talking about architecture, Minsk is quite new city. Most of buildings are from soviet times, so don't expect to see something unique from medieval period. Even without big old part, city has nice examples of soviet building structures. Due to soviet architecture (especially at Independence Avenue) Minsk was even expectant to be inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage list, but didn't manage it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great variety of soviet architecture, clean, safe city, nice lightened at night.
  • Cons:Not much old medieval buildings left.
  • In a nutshell:Charm of soviet style architecture.
  • Last visit to Minsk: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2011 at 5:51 AM

    Raimis, I just had to re-read your Minsk page. We really enjoyed our time in the Belarussian capital. Unfortunately we didn't see the interior of the National Library, which is indeed a very impressive building.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    It was fascinating to see all your night-time photos of Minsk and the beautifully lit buildings. My memory of Minsk is from 1970 - hardly any street lights let alone floodlit buildings! Maybe I'll get back one day to see the new Minsk for myself.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Hi was enjoying your page here a few hours ago and got called away - inspiring a visit to Minsk your page is thanks!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    Hello, Raimundas! Yes , Minsk is worth a visit...

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:23 AM

    Nice page!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2007 at 12:28 PM

    Excellent page with a lot of useful tips and wonderful night pics! I've been in Minsk only once in Soviet times and every year i'm passing it by around its ring when traveling to Germany by car. May be I'll drop by there again one day...

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2007 at 8:47 AM

    aha!you have a photo of the government palace! when i was near of at the morning, the police man said it is prohibited to make photo of the building:-)I'm glad that you saw Belraus as usual country as many others. I hope next place to visit will be Russia

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    Nice night photos. I can only get mine to work about half the time. Some day, they will come with a way to do it well without carrying one of those big tripods.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2007 at 4:21 AM

    Brilliant night photos! You saw so much in 2 days! Belorus is still on my must-see list!


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