Situated in the middle of Belarus, Minsk is the country’s capital as well as its economic centre.
One’s impression of the city is formed by the comparatively large number of green areas, and by the impact created by the buildings of the Soviet-Communist style of architecture.
House of goverment in Minsk, Belarus
As a result of the devastation it suffered during WWII, Minsk has been left with relatively few monuments. However, there are a few ecclesiastic buildings from earlier times, to be found in the old part of the city, such as the 17th century Baroque style Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit; the Cathedral of the Virgin – dating from the beginning of the 18th century; and the Bernardine Monastery dating from the middle of the 17th century.
The president`s House of Belarusia, Minsk
Minsk has numerous museums – those particularly worthy of a visit are the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum, and the Great Patriotic War Museum.
Catholic chapel St Simon and St Elena, Minsk