Natural Beauty and Breathtaking Scenery in Belarus

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Monument in Brest, Belarus

Monument in Brest, Belarus

The Republic of Belarus lies in Eastern Europe and is bordered by Ukraine to the south, Latvia and Lithuania to the northwest, Poland to the west and Russia to the north and east. Belarus is home to around 11,000 lakes, many streams and almost half of this beautiful country is covered by forests. Lake Narač is the largest lake in Belarus. Three major rivers, Neman River, Pripyat River and Dnieper River, run through the country.
Bielaviežskaja Pušča National Park (or Białowieża Forest), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated on the border with Poland. The forest that once stretched across the European Plain is home to almost eight-hundred European bison. Białowieża Forest is one of the largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest. The park is located approximately sixty kilometers south-east of Bialystok and seventy kilometers north of Brest.
Belarus is a small country and one can easily travel from the one side of its border to the other in less than a day. The country is divided into six regions, namely Homieĺ voblasć, Mahilioŭ voblasć, Minsk voblasć, Viciebsk voblasć, Brest voblasć and Hrodna voblasć. Minsk is the capital city of the Republic of Belarus.
Great Tourist Attractions in Minsk
National Academic Grand Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus

National Academic Grand Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus

Minsk International Airport is located forty-two kilometers to the east of the city. The City of Minsk lies on the south-eastern slope of the Minsk Hills and is situated on the banks of the Nyamiha River and the Svislach River. Beautiful forests border the edge of the city. Minsk is divided into nine districts: Tsentralny or Central District; Savetski or Soviet District; Pershamayski (named after first of May); Partyzanski (named after the Soviet partisans); Zavodski (named after Lenin); Kastrychnitski (named after the October Revolution); Maskouski (named after Moscow) and Frunzenski (named after Mikhail Frunze).
The city is the major cultural center of the country and is home to around sixteen museums and eleven theatres, including the National Academic Grand Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus, Belarusian State Musical Theatre, Yanka Kupala National Drama Theatre and Maxim Gorky National Drama Theatre.
Ensure to visit the museums in Minsk, including:
Belarusian National History and Culture Museum, vulica Karla Marksa, Minsk – phone: +375 17 227-36-65
Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum, raspiekt Niezaliežnasci 25а, Minsk – phone: +375 17 227-56-11
Belarusian National Arts Museum, vulica Lienina 20, Minsk – phone: +375 17 227-71-63
Yanka Kupala Literary Museum, 220030б Minsk, Yanka Kupala St 4, Minsk – phone: +375 17 2260839 or 3277866
National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus, 220030, Minsk, K. Marks Street 12, – phone: +375 17 327-43-22 or 327-48-27
Minsk Central Post Office

Minsk Central Post Office

The capital of Belarus is home to amazing architecture. You can view the Minsk Central Post Office at the beginning of Independence Avenue or Prospekt Nesavisimosti. The classic elements of architecture was designed by architects A. Dukh and V. Korolev and built between 1949 and 1953.
The Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit was built in Baroque style and the Cathedral of Saint Mary located on the side of Independence Square was built in the early 1700s by the Jesuits.
Church of Saints Simon and Helen

Church of Saints Simon and Helen

The remarkable Neo-Romanesque Roman Catholic Red Church, also referred to as the Church of Saints Simon and Helen, was designed by Polish architects Tomasz Pajzderski and Władysław Marconi and built in 1906. The bricks for its walls were sourced from Częstochowa, whilst the roof tiles came from Włocławek. The construction was financed by a prominent Belarusian civic activist, Edward Woyniłłowicz.
The largest church built in the Russian imperial period of the town’s history is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. After World War II, in 1949, the church was closed until the early 1990s. The church features a composition of retrospective-Russian style and the use of classicism.
Minsk City Hall and Cathedral of the Holy Name of Mary

Minsk City Hall and Cathedral of the Holy Name of Mary

The City Hall is a symbol of independence, wealth and power. Minsk City Hall is a unique historical and architectural monument with a thirty-two meter tower, weathercock and clock. The clock plays a nineteen second melody of the famous song of the Belarusian composer, Igor Luchenok, at the beginning of each hour. The City Hall was rebuilt several times during the sixteenth and nineteenth century and reconstructed in 2003 on its historical place. The magistrate was located on the first floor of the City Hall. There are two broad paths with pyramidal poplars, retro styled benches, iron lanterns and the area around the monument is paved with cobblestones.
For a great shopping experience, you can visit Ragna, 4 Suchaja Street, which offers a very attractive selection of Belarusian traditional crafts, mostly handmade. Podzemka, Praspiekt Niezaliežnasci 43 is an underground bookshop-cum-art gallery. Suveniraja Lavka, Vulica Maksima Bahdanovič 9, offers straw crafts, wooden boxes and embroidered linen. Lianok, 46 Praspiekt Niezaliežnasci specialises in quality linen and souvenirs.
Minsk offers a vibrant nightlife and is home to many restaurants, pubs and clubs. Belarusian cuisine is similar to that of Russia and Ukraine, featuring mushrooms, potatoes, baked meat and soups. Pechki-Lavochki on Main Avenue is a great Belarusian restaurant where you can enjoy traditional dishes. Vasilki, Praspiekt Niezaliežnasci, Independence Avenue 16, has a pleasant interior and also serves traditional cuisine.
Great Places to Visit in Belarus
The City of Vitebsk

The City of Vitebsk

Vitebsk is well-known as the cultural capital of the country and is also home to the famous Slaviansky Bazaar, a huge music festival hosted in an amphitheatre near the center. Each year in November, the city holds the International Festival of Modern Choreography.
The City of Brest features the Brest Fortress, a massive building with a museum where you can learn about the war when the Germans attacked the Soviets. Ensure to wander the alley of vulica Hohalia with old chestnut trees on both sides between Kasmanaŭtaŭ Boulevard and Nahanava Street. Brest City Park is also a pleasant walk in the summer.
Turov, Belarus

Turov, Belarus

The Town of Turov was founded on the territory inhabited by the ancient Slav tribe, Drygovichy. According to legend the cross in the Boris and Gleb cemetery is one of the three crosses that had drifted first by the Dnepr then by the Pripiat from Kiev after the Baptism of the Ancient Rus. Two crosses preserved until these days and are now kept in the wooden All Saints’ Church. It is noteworthy, that the three crosses were made of stone and had drifted against the current. This is a strange and mysterious story like the history of Turov itself.
Visa Requirements for Belarus
You can apply for a visa from Belarusian Consulate or Embassy. The list can be found from Embassy and consulate list and on Foreign Affairs Ministry website.

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