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Minsk is the capital of Belarus and is the political, economic, scientific and cultural center of the country. It is located on the main transportation routes connecting Western Europe and the East, regions of the Black Sea coast and the Baltic States. Because of its geographical position Minsk has been a victim of numerous attacks. For the first time the city was mentioned in the chronicles in 1067 in connection with the Battle on the Nemiga River. For a long time this was the second largest river flowing through Minsk, until it was adapted into a network of pipes because of its urban location and today Nemiga flows mostly underground! Although Minsk looks like a relatively “young” city it is one of the oldest cities in Europe, in fact it is older than Moscow, Warsaw, Berlin and Stockholm! Throughout the years of its long history it was burned to the ground 18 times and thousands of its citizens were killed in the many battles that took place on its territory. Nevertheless the locals always had the courage and strength to rise this wonderful town from ashes trying to make it better than it was before. For instance during World War II 80% of the city was destroyed and as such was rebuilt from the ground up in the 1950s. Today large Soviet-bloc style buildings make up a large portion of the city. Thus Minsk is a wonderful place to visit for those interested in the Soviet Union. From the time immemorial generations of Minsk residents have lived through numerous battles and wars, because of this fact the greatest value of Belarusians is peace. Thus when you walk the streets of Minsk you will surely feel how the vibe of tranquility and serenity.

Minsk is also a very green city and although the annual average of fog in the capital is 67 days (which is even more than in London where to compare there are only 45) it has its own peaceful charm. The area of 72 766 m2 is given over to planting flowers which is about the size of 10 football fields and about 845,000 trees grow in this capital. Minsk Botanical Garden is the 3rd largest in Europe, after London and Madrid, with an area of 96 hectares. There are also more than a hundred big and small fountains in Minsk (the oldest of which was opened in 1874, to mark the opening of the water supply system of artesian water) are a real decoration in addition to Minsk’s “greenness”. Tourists and visitors are also always very surprised how clean and well-groomed the capital of Belarus is. There are numerous interesting historical places and architectural monuments to see as well. The Troitsky Suburb - an old picturesque part of Minsk located in the city center whose cozy little streets and houses with tile roofs and delicate colors became a symbol of Minsk; Victory Square - the symbol of freedom and the place to pay tribute to those who died during World War II; the National Library of Belarus - the diamond of knowledge; Independance Avenue - which is mostly made up of buildings that were brought from ground up after the second World War; and the many Orthodox and Catholic Churches are among the must sees. Having seen Minsk with your own eyes you will surely be inspired by the city’s spirit of never giving up!

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