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Best attractions in Minsk: Top 30

After reading our review “the best sights of Minsk”, you will definitely want to organize a trip to this hospitable city. We will tell you about what every tourist should see in Minsk, focusing on the recommendations of experienced guides.

What to see in Minsk first

If you want your trip to be really exciting and informative, pay attention to the following popular excursions in Minsk:

1. Upper Town

Architecture of the Upper Town Alexander Lipilin

This historic part of the city is home to such Minsk landmarks as the Guest Court, the Minsk Theater, St. Joseph’s Church, Music Lane, and Liberty Square. Of interest are local buildings and structures of the 16th-18th centuries, which allow you to get acquainted with the architectural and cultural heritage of the state. The Upper Town can be confidently included in the rating “the most famous sights of Belarus“.

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2. Minsk city hall

Minsk City Hall (left) and St. Mary's Cathedral on the High Market in Minsk

An early 17th-century building, fully restored by Belarusian craftsmen. The first floor of the building now houses museum exhibitions, while the second level is used for ceremonial meetings and meetings of distinguished guests. Nearby the town hall there is a renovated square with alleys, benches, hiking trails and poplars. As well as the original “Governor’s Stroller” sculpture.

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3. Obelisk “Hero City”

Architectural and sculptural complex on Pobediteley Avenue in Minsk

If you don’t know where to go in Minsk to learn the history of the city and the country, go here. At the foot of the stele you will see a marble plaque and a statue of Motherland with fanfares in her hands. Not far from the monument there is a museum of World War II history.

4. Victory Square

Victory Square surrounded by buildings from the fifties of the 20th century

Date of construction - the beginning of the 20th century, the main attractions - the Eternal Flame and the granite Victory Monument with high reliefs in honor of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. A lot of citizens and guests of the capital come here every day to observe a minute of silence in remembrance of the victims of the Great Patriotic War.

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5. House of Government of the Republic of Belarus

The House of the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the monument to Lenin on Independence Square Nuno Godinho

Meeting place of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Parliament of Belarus. Date of construction - 1934 (at first, the majestic building was the tallest structure in the city). The main decoration of the house is an antique star-shaped chandelier, weighing 5 tons.

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6. Palace of the Republic

The Palace of the Republic is a cultural and business center on October Square in Minsk

Another historical and architectural landmark, on the square where the annual main Christmas tree of the country, press conferences, shows and festivals are organized. In front of the building there is a pyramid-monument made of granite - from the “Zero kilometer” counts the distance of all the tracks of Belarus.

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7. National Library of Belarus

Futuristic library building, resembling the shape of a jewel, in the park area

More than 200 companies and over 5,000 workers worked around the clock to create the complex. It is a fascinating architectural monument that includes a lookout platform on 23 levels. You can visit it, for example, during one of the themed tours held here daily.

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8. Pischalovsky Castle

Pischalovsky Castle is a historical and architectural monument of the early 19th century Alexander Lipilin

A place of confinement for a huge number of musicians, philosophers, artists, poets and revolutionaries. However, ordinary criminals were also imprisoned in the city’s famous “early classicist” prison. It is only possible to view this Minsk landmark from afar, as the architectural masterpiece is still used as a prison.

9. “Gates of Minsk”

View from the station to the recognizable symbol of the city-"Gates of Minsk"

A building in the “Stalinist Empire” style, represented by several identical to each other 11-storey towers. You can see such interesting places in Minsk from afar: there are sculptural compositions, coats of arms of the Soviet Union and huge clock faces on the buildings in Privokzalnaya Square.

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10. Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an early 18th century Catholic cathedral Hanna Zelenko

During World War II the complex was destroyed almost completely. Later it underwent a complete reconstruction, becoming a place for the sports society “Spartak”. Only 18 years ago it was decided to return the church to its original appearance, and to give the building to the faithful. Today it is the main cathedral for Catholics in the city. The building in the “Vilna Baroque” style is decorated with figures of saints and luxurious frescoes.

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11. Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

The Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul against the background of the cityscape

When listing the best sights in Minsk, it is impossible not to mention this ancient restored temple. The cathedral with magnificent vaults and beautiful frescoes, an ancient painted altar and many icons is open to all comers.

12. Cathedral of the Descent of the Holy Spirit

The Cathedral of the Descent of the Holy Spirit rises steeply above Freedom Square

At one time the church housed a prison, the Bernardine women’s church and even a sports club. The modern Baroque building is used for its intended purpose. Among its relics is the miraculous icon of the Mother of God. The cathedral attracts the attention not only of believers, but also “ordinary” tourists who want to look at its original iconostasis.

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13. Red church

A side view of the Red Church on Independence Square

Another popular and famous Catholic cathedral in the city. The asymmetrical basilica with a 50-meter bell tower was built of red brick in the Neo-Romanesque style. In front of the building is the monument of St. Michael fighting the dragon with his spear. There is also a statue in honor of those who died in nuclear strikes, “The Bell of Nagasaki.”

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14. Bernardine Monastery

The church of St. Joseph in the former Bernardinians Monastery zedlik

The church was originally decorated with 9 gilded altars, paintings and carvings. It had its own library and school. However, later the decoration and the holy graves were destroyed and the monastery was closed. Only in 1983 the city authorities restored the complex, accommodating the prosecutor’s office and the military archives. Currently there is a hotel “Monastyrskaya” in the building, the rooms are converted from the former cells. Few hotels in Minsk can boast such an unusual history.

15. The Island of Tears (Island of Courage and Sorrow)

A top view of the memorial complex The Island of Tears in the bend of the river Svisloch

The memorial, set up in memory of those killed in the Afghan war. There is a beautiful chapel on an artificial island, the walls of which contain the names of all citizens of Belarus who died in Afghanistan. The shore and the island are connected by an arched bridge.

16. Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater

Water Cascade near the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre in Minsk

Don’t know what to visit in Minsk, but are fond of theatrical and musical performances? Then come to this national opera theater. There are regular performances of the Belarusian Capella, children’s theater studio, chorus, symphony orchestra, ballet and opera troupes. Some of the performances are in a foreign dialect, the other - in the state languages of the republic - in Russian and Belarusian. A visit to the building itself and its alley with beautiful sculptural compositions can be a pleasure.

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17. The Yanka Kupala Theater

The Yanka Kupala Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in Belarus Liashko

An old theater, opened more than 95 years ago, and named in memory of the poet and classicist Kupala. Within walking distance is a large landscaped and landscaped square of the 19th century. A favorite place for citizens to relax at all times of the year.

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18. National Art Museum

The main building of the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus Paju

One of the largest exhibition complexes in Europe. The number of items in the spacious exhibition halls and more than 20 expositions exceeds 27,000 specimens. Exhibits telling the story of world and Belarusian culture are presented.

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19. National Historical Museum

Muslim women's jewelry from the late 19th century at the National Historical Museum Hanna Zelenko

The best option of what to see in Minsk in 1 day for connoisseurs of history and art. Exhibits - books, historical archives, folk art objects, icons, ceramics, archaeological artifacts.

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20. Museum of history of the Great Patriotic War

Exhibit in the Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War Clay Gilliland

There are over 140,000 WWII-era relics in the building. In 10 rooms all the exhibitions are arranged according to the chronology of events. The interior decoration is as large and imposing as the exterior. The facades of the building are in the form of rays with relief images in honor of the Great Victory.

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Minsk sights: what else to visit in Minsk?

We have told you about the main sights of Minsk in brief. Tourist reviews point to them as the most fascinating and significant objects of the capital. If your trip is long enough, examine also such cultural values as:

21. Khatyn Memorial Complex

Statue of Khatyn Complex - The Unruly Man Adam Jones

This is about the humble village that was burned by the German invaders, and on the territory of which there is now a complex with a monument to “The Unconquered Man”. In addition to the “Smoke of Khatyn” memorial itself, a “Wall of Memory”, a “Village of Life” and a “Cemetery of Villages” are arranged here.

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22. House Museum of the First Congress of the RSDLP

A small wooden building - house-museum of the First Congress of the RSDLP Pjotr Mahhonin

A small house, where in 1898 held the first meeting of the future Bolsheviks. During the Great Patriotic War, the building was destroyed, but it was later reconstructed on Stalin’s orders. In the museum there are Party archives, newspapers and documents. The interior fairly accurately reproduces the setting of the 19th century.

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23. Chelyuskintsev Park

Chelyuskintsev Park is a city park for walks and recreation DEM0NICK

A public park with a dance floor, a summer stage, recreational areas, playgrounds for children and rides. The last reconstruction was carried out in 2000: the former rides and entertainment facilities were completely replaced by new and modern ones.

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24. Maksim Gorky Central Children’s Park

The Observatory in the Maksim Gorky Central Children's Park. Maksim Gorky Central Children's Park Hanna Zelenko

A public park area, the date of foundation of which is considered to be 1805. Originally, the park was the governor’s garden, and only “noble citizens” could visit it. Later, a stadium, croquet lawns, and tennis courts were built there. Today the park is open to all comers, and has been converted for the entertainment of children of all ages.

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25. Minsk Zoo

Entrance to Minsk Zoo Håkan Henriksson

Tourists with children guides in Minsk recommend a visit to the local zoo. You can watch the life of animals in spacious cages and enclosures with maximum comfort. There are restrooms and cafes on the territory, and there are several recreational areas. There are lectures and guided tours for guests of all ages. It is possible to visit on the days of various children’s holidays. The area includes a monkey house, stone “palaces” for lions, a dolphinarium. The number of inhabitants exceeds 2,500 from the classes of reptiles, primates, mammals, vivariums, birds, etc.

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26. Lošice Park

View of the Lošice Manor Park Complex Yaroshev Yuryy

A cultural and architectural monument spread over an area of 97 hectares. The manor and park complex is open to the public: you can visit museums with interiors from the 18th and 19th centuries, the Gatekeeper’s House and the children’s playground. City festivals and celebrations are organized on the territory.

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27. Boulder museum

The open-air stone museum park on the eastern outskirts of Minsk Hanna Zelenko

This outdoor museum boasts rather unconventional items in its collections. Its exhibits are more than 2,000 stones of various kinds and shapes (collected over 5 years). The local stone map provides invaluable insights into the geography of the state: settlements and towns are represented as giant boulders, and, for example, the borders of the country are represented by bushes and rivers-roads.

28. Trinity Suburb

Trinity Suburb is a picturesque old quarter on the bank of the Svisloch River Guntars Mednis

The construction of the area began as early as the 12th century. Modest houses with roofs of different colors were built around the market square. Today’s suburbs are quiet streets with antique shops, art galleries, small stores and the Opera House on Trinity Hill.

29. Dudutki Ethnographic Museum

Museum of ancient folk crafts and technology - Dudutki JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD

The facility tells the story of the state’s rural heritage and culture. The museum complex recreates the atmosphere of a 19th century village: there is a cattle yard, several machines of the past centuries, moonshine brewing machines, handicrafts, a kitchen, cheese and pottery workshops, and wood houses. Guests are invited to taste moonshine, brewed according to an ancient recipe, to try themselves as an apprentice blacksmith and bake bread. The inhabitants of Dudutka are not only people but also all kinds of animals of the modest zoo: ostriches, ponies and roe deer. Ducks and geese, peacocks and pheasants also roam the farms. As well as more familiar animals like pigs and sheep.

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30. Mir Castle

The modern view of the Mir Castle Museum in the park

The town called Mir is home to a beautiful castle, presumably created back in the 16th century. The complex includes a cafe, a hotel, several conference halls and a museum. Scientific meetings, concerts and festivals are regularly held here. In the castle you can order a wedding. The interior decoration is represented by paintings, installations and even ancient armor. There are several permanent exhibitions, educational for tourists of all ages.

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We hope that those sights of Minsk, photos with names and descriptions of which you have now seen, will allow you to make your own interesting excursion route. Read also about Sights of Brest and be inspired for your future journey to Thailand.

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