Map & video of the very heart of Minsk, rental ID #7, over 40 tourist attractions with description
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A - Apartment ID #7 on Nezavisimosti avenue 23
Museums, churches, palaces, art galleries, 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. 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. 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 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. Specimens of the Soviet military equipment of the period of World War II are demonstrated in the internal yard of the museum on the open site. 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.
The halls of the top floor present the Russian paintings of the 18th-20th centuries. Works of Aivazovsky, Shishkin, Bryullov, Vrubel, Levitan and other famious painters are kept there. Exposition halls of the ground floor are occupied by changeable thematic exhibitions presenting works of contemporary Belarusian and foreign artists. A collection of the national art is widely presented in the new building exposition. Here you can see the masterpieces of the Belarusian icon painting, altar sculptures, portraits of the representatives of famous magnate families as well as landscapes of well-know Belarusian painters of the 19th - beginning of the 20th centuries.
The museum also demonstrates the collection of monuments of world art: Western European paintings of the 16th-20th centuries and a rich Eastern collection comprised of bronze articles, paintings, varnished miniatures, enamel pictures, paintings on silk and other art works. 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. Along with the monuments of the local origin the items made in the neighbouring Slavonic and Western European countries but well-spread in Belarus are demonstrated in the museum.
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 founded by two art critics. The exposition contains paintings of the eminent masters of the domestic art and works of young, but rather well-know 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
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. An atrim with a glass roof and parking area in the underground part of building are available. The hotel includes a restaurant, bar, night club, shops, business centre, sports complex and hairdressing salon.
Town Hall Address: Ploschad Svobody 2a
The building of the town hall features classic style, its edges are decorated with porticoes and columns. A tower rises above the Town Hall, and a clock with the music chime is installed on the tower. The city's coat of arms is located under the clock. The coat of arms bears an image of the Ascension of Virgin Mary surrounded by angels. Walls in the hall and corridors are decorated with pictures, gravures and tapestries illustrating views of the old Minsk. 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. A sculpture of the Blessed Virgin Mary is placed over the central facade part in the figured fronton niche.
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. Externally the church resembles a castle. Components of the defensive style are retained in its look: strongs walls, high narrow window loopholes, corner towers. For many centuries the church was really a spirutal fortress, it served as stronghold and protection of the orthodox fath.
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. 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.
This romantic park for walks is one of the most picturesque places in Minsk. 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. Kupalovsky park is situated on the bank of the river Svisloch and is adjacent to Nezavisimosti avenue at the part between Octyabrskaya Square and Victory Square.
Central Children's Gorky Park This 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. Entertainment and different leisure activities such as tennis court, stadium, skating-rink, fitness centre, children's attractions, Ferris wheel, 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