Sightseeing in Minsk - what to see. Complete travel guide
The ancient city with an interesting history, Minsk is famous by numerous cultural centers and great atmosphere that is perfect for relaxed rest. Minsk was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War; today only several buildings of the 17th century belong to the oldest architectural monuments. All other monuments have been destroyed.
However, there are truly many remarkable places in the city. The most important religious landmark is Holy Spirit Cathedral, the main item of which is the icon of Our Lady. It was made back in 1500 and was carefully kept by monks during the difficult times of war. Castle of Mir is a no less important architectural structure. This castle was built by the order of Prince Ilyinich. During its long history the castle has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. The first version of the palace has been done in Gothic style, and the modern palace features the combination of Baroque and Renaissance styles. The Obelisk of Victory is one of the most symbolic monuments of Minsk. This monument was built in 1954 in honor of soldiers who died during World War II.
An interesting historical monument is the architectural complex Troitskoye Suburb, which was built on the site of a destroyed monastery of the 10th century. For hundreds of years, the main city market was located here. In the 19th century, beautiful mansions and a vast park were built in its place. Now the luxurious mansions, which used to be privately owned, have been converted into museums, souvenir shops and restaurants. In one of the most beautiful buildings, there is a theater. For more than a hundred years, the architectural complex has remained unchanged.
Looking at the building of the city’s town hall, it is difficult to imagine that it is a novelty. The Town Hall, which guests of Minsk can see today, was built in 2004. The very first building of the city administration in this place was built back in the 19th century. In the middle of the 19th century, the old town hall was destroyed by order of Nicholas I. The city authorities decided to restore the historical monument several decades ago.
A bright monument of architecture of the beginning of the 19th century is the Pishchalauski Castle. It was built for one of the wealthy landlords. The castle is built in a pseudo-Gothic style and its outlines look very much like a medieval fortress. Over the years, the building witnessed many important historical events. In the first half of the 20th century, one of the strictest prisons in Europe was located within the castle walls.
An important religious monument is the Church of Saints Simeon and Helena, which many tourists know under the unofficial name Red Catholic Church. This temple is located in the center of Minsk. It was built in the beginning of the 20th century. The main building material for the erection of the temple was red bricks, which determines its unique appearance.
A wonderful place to relax in the fresh air will be the Chelyuskintsev Park. It is one of the most beautiful in the city. This park was founded almost 100 years ago. In 1974, its territory was substantially expanded. Now the park is equipped with several platforms, on which during summer, cultural events and concerts are held. In the park, there are also many children's attractions and sports grounds. An old dance floor, which is now used for dancing evenings, is preserved in the park. Walking around this park and admiring the historical buildings preserved on its territory will be interesting at any time of the year.
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