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Isle of Tears, Minsk: 6 reviews and 21 photos

  Isle of Tears
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  • Isle of Tears - Minsk
      Isle of Tears
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  • Isle of Tears: Chapel - Minsk
      Isle of Tears: Chapel
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  • Fountain statue of a young guardian angel - Minsk
      Fountain statue of a young guardian angel
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  • Isle of Tears: Money in the fountain - Minsk
      Isle of Tears: Money in the fountain
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  • Isle of Tears: Inside the Chapel - Minsk
      Isle of Tears: Inside the Chapel
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The Isle of Tears was inaugurated in summer 1996 as a memorial complex for the fallen soldiers from Belarus, who died in the Afghanistan war between 1979 and 1988.

The main feature of the Isle of Tears is a small chapel, which commemorates the approximately 700 fallen Belarusian soldiers. Apart from the chapel, also a fountain statue of a young guardian angel, constantly crying teardrops, can be found here.

This is also the place where people throw coins in the fountain. Interesting enough, all coins are foreign coins, as Belarus doesn't have any coins. So you also see many local bank notes swimming in the fountain.

Directions:
The Isle of Tears is situated on the Svisloch River, just south of Minsk's old town (Trinity Suburb, Traiyetskoye Predmestye). It can be reached by a footbridge from the river bank.

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  • Updated Feb 27, 2012
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