About city: Minsk

As Minsk became the capital of Byelorussia during the rule of Joseph Stalin, the buildings were constructed there in the style, which obtained the name of this leader in the countries of Soviet Union. The buildings have monumental pompous facades featuring Soviet symbols. So, if you want to see the so-called Stalin classicism in architecture, then a trip to Minsk would be just the right choice.

To feel a peculiar atmosphere of the 30th of the past century, you have to stroll along Francisk Skorina Avenue, which was renamed into Independence Avenue in 2005. The Avenue was included in UNESCO Heritage Lists as an example of classic Soviet architecture. From Lenin Square to Victory Square there are massive buildings with bay windows and laced balconies constructed on both side of the Avenue. Mainly, they were built in the 30th of the past century, and were restored to their original appearance after the Great Patriotic War. In the other cities of former USSR, for example in Moscow, you can find but few Stalin buildings in different districts of the city, and there almost no such buildings in Petersburg.

You can see a number of similar buildings in the other central streets of Minsk. Considering the style of administration that the President of Belarus is following, there have been pre-served a lot of socialist symbols in the streets and squares of Minsk. Also, there remained many symbols reminding of the victory in World War II, and there is even a monument to the founder of KGB Felix Dzerzhinsky in one of the central squares of the city. When walking along the streets of Minsk, it often occurs to your mind that the city was stopped in its devel-opment somewhere in Soviet past.

Near the Avenue of Victors, the Svisloch flows into a big pool or lake that is considered to be a kind of tourist center in Minsk. On the shore of this lake there was preserved an old quarter called Troitski Suburb. In fact, it is one of the oldest quarters in Minsk, which was in-habited as far back as 11th century. Alas, the buildings of that time didn’t survive. Today you can see here mainly restored buildings, although all of them were constructed in a peculiar Byelorussian style precisely rendering the atmosphere of Minsk in 18-19 centuries.

Apart from the Troitski Suburb, there are several modern and old buildings around the Lake – Ice Palace, stadium and hotel ‘Belarus’, on one side, Town Hall and Holy Spirit Cathedral, on the other. Here you can see both young and old cities, as well as singularity of architectural style.

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