Map & video of the very center of Minsk, Belarus, accommodations ID #5 and #12 on Karla Marxa street
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A1 - Apartment ID #5 on Karla Marxa str. 42
A2 - Apartment ID #12 on Karla Marxa str. 42
Palaces, churches, museums, galleries, cultural centers, parks:
The Palace of the Republic Address: Octyabrskaya Square 1 The Palace of the Republic is the biggest concert and entertaining construction in Minsk. Congresses, ceremonial meetings, receptions, concerts take place here, the main Christmas tree of the country is placed in the palace. Concert halls, cafes, bars, restaurants, an art gallery (see below) are situated in the Palace's premises. The biggest city fountain, being the decorative trim of the Palace, is located near the building. Visit website.
Art Gallery "The University of Culture" Address: Octyabrskaya Square 1 (The Palace of the Republic) One of the most popular Minsk galleries demonstrates contemporary artistic works of young authors, students and graduates from Minsk artistic educational institutions. Thematic exhibitions, exhibitions with participation of famous masters and their students, projects of young specialists are conducted in the gallery. The exposition presents various types of arts, including paintings, sculptures, graphics, decorative and applied art, folk handicrafts.
The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 25a
The museum of the Great Patriotic War is situated between the Palace of the Republic and the Palace of the Culture of the Trade Unions. There is an inscription over the facade of the museum's bulding saying, "The Feat of the people will live for ages". The museum exhibits the biggest world's collection of historical monuments of 1941 - 1945: photos and documents, specimens of firearms and cold steel (including the self-made ones), combat flags, uniforms of servicemen, personal goods, awards of hero patriots, anti-fascist newspapers and leaflets issued in the occupied Belarus, a collection of paintings and works of decorative and applied art. An essential part of the exposition is represented by the exhibits narrating the history of the Resistance. The subjects of guerilla household, self-made banners of guerilla groups, arms, personal goods and photos of partisans are shown in the museum. Visit website.
Exhibition and sale "Minsk Vernissage" Situated next to the Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War in the open air.
The exhibition and sale of paintings, folk art goods, souvenirs.
The Palace of Culture of Trade Unions Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 25
The building constructed in 1954 has abundant decor components and sculptures. Columns and semi-columns are locates by the perimeter. A sculptural composition glorifying the theme of labour is placed onto the pediment of the main facade. Concert, dance, lecture halls, rooms for studies of hobby groups are situated in the internal premises of the building.
The Central House of Officers of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus Address: Krasnoarmeyskaya str. 3
Tour concerts are performed on the stage of the House of Officers, the Academic Ensemble of Songs and Dances of the Armed Forces is also performing here. Swimming pool and the biggest in the city Internet cafe (see no. 24) operate in the building. In front of the building of the House of Officers there is a monument tank. The famous Soviet tank "T-34" is mounted on a pedestal in honour of Minsk liberation from fascist occupants.
The Residence of the President of the Republic of Belarus Address: K. Marxa str. 38 The structure of enormous proportions occupies the whole quarter and has 6 floors. President of the country and the President's Administration are working here. Internet portal of the President of the Republic of Belarus
National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus Address: Lenina str. 20 The Art Museum is the biggest treasury of the artistic values of the country. It possesses unique collections of Belarusian, Russian, Western European paintings of the 12th-21st centuries, presents works of masters of India, China and Japan, introduces the modern works of Belarusian and foreign painters.
During the World War II the major part of the museum values was lost. After the war the museum collection had to be formed almost from the very beginning. Some works of the art were found in the course of search. The museum collection was enlarged with the works gifted by the Tretyakovkaya Gallery (Moscow) and the Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg). Presently the museum funds contain 27000 exhibits. The most interesting and unique works are demonstrated in the permanent exposition. Website of the National Art Museum of Belarus
National Museum of History and Culture of Belarus Address: K. Marxa str. 12 The museum demonstrates the biggest Belarussian collection of the history of the spiritual and material culture. Numerous collections are dedicated to archaeology, numismatics, icon painting, ethnography, military and historical topics, heraldry, culture and household, folk clothes.
Museum of Nature and Ecology of Belarus Address: K. Marxa str. 12
The museum exposition occupies six halls having different topics and types of execution. The museum collection numbers tens of thousands of exhibits dedicated to the nature of Belarus, the vegetable and animal world, rare protected species as well as the most ancient inhabitants of Belarusian land - mammoths, aurochs and other relict animals.
The "Conception" Gallery Address: Karla Marxa street 20
A small private gallery established by two art critics. The artistic collection of the gallery presents the works of the best Minsk painters. Paintings, graphics, sculptures, specimens of the decorative and applied art are demonstrated in the gallery.
The "Mastatstva" Gallery Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 12
The contemporary art of Belarus - paintings, graphics, sculptures, specimens of the decorative and applied art - is presented at the exhibition and sale in this gallery. One of the gallery halls demonstrates the changeable exhibitions of the best painters of Belarus.
The Catholic Church of Saint Symon and Helene Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 15
The church building is one of few prerevolutionary structures of the city that still exists. It is made of red bricks crowned with three towers with gilded crosses on their tops.
Hotel "Europe" Address: Internatsyonalnaya str. 28
One of the best hotels of the contemporary Minsk and Belarus. The hotel has 5 star category and accommodates 120 rooms of the enhanced comfort. The hotel includes a restaurant, bar, night club, shops, business centre, sports complex and hairdressing salon.
Town Hall Address: Ploschad Svobody 2a
The Town Hall is a symbol of the town self-government, it has occupied the central place on the main town square for more than three centuries. Nowadays the town hall premises are used for ceremonial receptions and meetings organized by the mayor's office.
Holy Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Archicathedral Address: Svobody Square 9
The Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary occupies its honorable place among major catholic sacred places of Belarus. It has a title of the Archicathedral and is the main church of the Roman Catholic confession of the country. The church is a monument of baroque style architecture from the beginning of the 18th century.
The Holy Spirit Cathedral Address: Cyril and Mefodiy str. 3
The Holy Spirit Cathedral is the main church of the orthodox Belarus, the place of residence of the pulpit of the Patriarch Exarch of the whole Belarus the Metropolitan of Minsk and Slutsk Filaret, the biggest church of the city.
A vast sightseeing platform is located in front of the entrance to the church, and the city panorama of Pobediteley avenue and historical sites of Nemiga street and Troitskoe Suburb are open from here.
Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral Address: Rakovskaya str. 4
The cathedral is one of the sacred places of the Belarusian orthodoxy. It was built in 1611-1612 and is the oldest of the existing Minsk churches.
Art Gallery "Upper Town" Address: Ploschad Svobody 5
Painting and graphic works of Minsk artists are presented at the exhibition and sale gallery. The gallery exhibits the works of various styles and trends of the contemporary art.
The Belarusian State Circus Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 32 A circular building under a dome owned by the circus is situated on the crossroad of Nezavisimosti avenue and Kupaly street. All genres of the circus art are demonstrated in Minsk circus, including water plays, performances of air gymnasts and tamed animals. The modern programs of the Minsk circus present the creative activity of domestic and foreign masters and groups. The bill of the current circus program.
Kupalovsky park is situated on the bank of the river Svisloch. This romantic park for walks is one of the most picturesque places in Minsk. Quaint compositions of wood and meadow flowers decorate the park's glades and hills. Beautiful Belarussian nature, memory of the great poet of the country Yanka Kupala, legends and traditions of the summer folklore feast "Kupalye" found harmonic correlation in the park's appearance.
Central Children's Gorky Park Gorky's park is the oldest park of Minsk city. One of the biggest and the most picturesque parks in Belarus, central Gorky's park boasts with decorative groups of centenary lindens and maples, weeping willows, birch alleys, exotic kinds of trees. The park can be easily recognized by a silhouette of the Ferris wheel rising over the trees. The attraction can reach the height of 54 metres, from where you can enjoy the panorama of the Belarusian capital. Different leisure activities, sports and entertainment such as tennis court, stadium, skating-rink, fitness centre, children's attractions, planetarium, cafes are located in the park.
Restaurants, cafes, bars, shops:
Cafe "Expansiya" Address: Kupaly str. 17/30 Belarusian, European cuisine.
Beer pub "Gostsi" Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 25 Live music, TV.
Night club and restaurant "Alcatraz" Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 25 Belarusian, Italian, Oriental cuisine.
Restaurant "Il Patio" Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 22 Italian cuisine, pizza.
Cafe "Boulevard" Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 22 European cuisine. Wi-Fi is available.
Cafe "U Frantsiska" Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 19 Antique interior of the cafe, Belarusian cuisine.
City Department Store (GUM) Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 21. One of the most popular shopping places of Minsk residents GUM offers a big variety of nonfoods: apparel and knitwear, footwear, household goods, perfumery, recreational goods, jewellery, fabrics, sporting goods. Visit GUM's website.
Fast food restaurant McDonalad's Address: Nezavisimosti ave. 23