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Minsk (Мінск)

The capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk sits smack in the center of the largely flat country and is the point from which most of its rail and road networks radiate outward. With a long history stretching back to the days of Kievan Rus, it went on to be absorbed by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and then later the Kingdom of Poland. Annexed by Russia in 1793, it remained thereafter in the Russian Empire, going on later to become the capital of the Byelorussian SSR. Occupied by the Germans in World War II as the center of Reichskomissariat Ostland and then pounded into rubble by its Soviet liberators in 1944, it was rebuilt into what is now one of the former Soviet Union's greatest Stalinist architectural displays.
Oktyabrskaya Hotel
Oktyabrskaya Hotel
Traffic along Oktyabrskaya ploshcha
Traffic along Oktyabrskaya ploshcha
Palats Respubliki (Palace of the Republic)
Palats Respubliki (Palace of the Republic)
Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre
Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre
The wide thoroughfare of praspekt Francyska Skaryny
The wide thoroughfare of praspekt Francyska Skaryny
Even Minsk can't escape McDonald's
Even Minsk can't escape McDonald's
Crosswalk on pr. Francyska Skaryny
Crosswalk on pr. Francyska Skaryny
Church of Sts. Simon & Elena and greenery
Church of Sts. Simon & Elena and greenery
Rebuilt early 20th-century buildings on the square
Rebuilt early 20th-century buildings on the square
Facing the Belarusian Government Building
Facing the Belarusian Government Building
Arriving at ploshcha Nezalezhnastsi
Arriving at ploshcha Nezalezhnastsi
Belarusian State University
Belarusian State University
Church of Saints Simon and Elena (The Red Church)
Church of Saints Simon and Elena (The Red Church)
Ploshcha Nezalezhnastsi (Independence Square)
Ploshcha Nezalezhnastsi (Independence Square)
Soviet emblem on the State Economics University
Soviet emblem on the State Economics University
Statue of St. George outside the Red Church
Statue of St. George outside the Red Church
Broad sidewalk along pr. Francyska Skaryny
Broad sidewalk along pr. Francyska Skaryny
Ploshcha Privakzalnaja
Ploshcha Privakzalnaja
Stalinist tower detail
Stalinist tower detail
Stalinist tower on pl. Privakzalnaja
Stalinist tower on pl. Privakzalnaja
Western tower of the pair
Western tower of the pair
Detail of the Stalinist building
Detail of the Stalinist building
More Stalinist architecture on vul. Kirava
More Stalinist architecture on vul. Kirava
Back on the pavement along pr. Francyska Skaryny
Back on the pavement along pr. Francyska Skaryny
Flat on pr. Francyska Skaryny
Flat on pr. Francyska Skaryny
More Communist decoration on the boulevard
More Communist decoration on the boulevard
Bust of Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky
Bust of Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky
North end of pr. Francyska Skaryny
North end of pr. Francyska Skaryny
Trade Unions Culture Palace
Trade Unions Culture Palace
Dom Ofitserov (Officer's Building)
Dom Ofitserov (Officer's Building)
Old tank on Tsentralny Skver
Old tank on Tsentralny Skver
Great Patriotic War Museum and Trade Unions Palace
Great Patriotic War Museum and Trade Unions Palace
Presidential Administrative Building
Presidential Administrative Building
Belarusian State Circus
Belarusian State Circus
Apartment blocks across the Svislach River
Apartment blocks across the Svislach River
Former apartment building of Lee Harvey Oswald
Former apartment building of Lee Harvey Oswald
Stalinist building off ploshcha Peramohi
Stalinist building off ploshcha Peramohi
Victory Obelisk on ploshcha Peramohi
Victory Obelisk on ploshcha Peramohi
Embankment along the Svislach
Embankment along the Svislach
Poster advertising Minsk's 940th anniversary
Poster advertising Minsk's 940th anniversary
Soviet-style Classicist building on the square
Soviet-style Classicist building on the square
Museum of the First Congress of the RSDWP
Museum of the First Congress of the RSDWP
Belarusian State Philharmonia
Belarusian State Philharmonia
Batch of Belarusian rouble notes
Batch of Belarusian rouble notes
Palats Respubliki from Oktyabrskaya ploshcha
Palats Respubliki from Oktyabrskaya ploshcha
Trade Unions Culture Palace from the square
Trade Unions Culture Palace from the square
Minsk's rebuilt Old Town Hall
Minsk's rebuilt Old Town Hall
A cloudy morning on pr. Francyska Skaryny
A cloudy morning on pr. Francyska Skaryny
Minsk's Upper Town at the far end of the square
Minsk's Upper Town at the far end of the square
Reconstructed building in the Upper Town
Reconstructed building in the Upper Town
Boy playing beside horse & cart sculpture
Boy playing beside horse & cart sculpture
Looking across ploshcha Svabody
Looking across ploshcha Svabody
Rear facade of the Old Town Hall
Rear facade of the Old Town Hall
Jesuit Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary
Jesuit Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary
Beside the Old Town Hall
Beside the Old Town Hall
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
Rebuilt Upper Town buildings off pl. Svabody
Rebuilt Upper Town buildings off pl. Svabody
Swedish Embassy in the Upper Town
Swedish Embassy in the Upper Town
Restored wooden house, Upper Town
Restored wooden house, Upper Town
Modern Minsk stretching out from the Upper Town
Modern Minsk stretching out from the Upper Town
View northwestwards towards pr. Mashereva
View northwestwards towards pr. Mashereva
Church of Saints Peter and Paul
Church of Saints Peter and Paul
Soviet-era flat and Na Nemige department store
Soviet-era flat and Na Nemige department store
Socialist-realist bas-relief on pr. Mashereva
Socialist-realist bas-relief on pr. Mashereva
Local women along vulitsa Njamiha
Local women along vulitsa Njamiha
Sts. Peter and Paul Church from beside Na Nemige
Sts. Peter and Paul Church from beside Na Nemige
Traces of Old Minsk off vul. Vitsebskaya
Traces of Old Minsk off vul. Vitsebskaya
Looking up vul. Vitsebskaya
Looking up vul. Vitsebskaya
Memorial marker for the Jewish Ghetto
Memorial marker for the Jewish Ghetto
Jewish Ghetto Memorial
Jewish Ghetto Memorial
Stark figures at the Jewish Ghetto Memorial
Stark figures at the Jewish Ghetto Memorial
Triumphant figure at the WWII Memorial
Triumphant figure at the WWII Memorial
Great Patriotic War Memorial
Great Patriotic War Memorial
Soviet-era marker on the obelisk
Soviet-era marker on the obelisk
Moskva Cinema
Moskva Cinema
Trio of pedalboats and Old Town beyond
Trio of pedalboats and Old Town beyond
Hotel Belarus and casino across the Svislach
Hotel Belarus and casino across the Svislach
Girls strolling near the river
Girls strolling near the river
Medieval castle prop for the 640th anniversary
Medieval castle prop for the 640th anniversary
Walking path along praspekt Mashereva
Walking path along praspekt Mashereva
Row of apartment blocks on pr. Mashereva
Row of apartment blocks on pr. Mashereva
Minsk's reconstructed Old Town
Minsk's reconstructed Old Town
Old Town scenery and riverboat cafe
Old Town scenery and riverboat cafe
Cast-iron roses for stampede victims
Cast-iron roses for stampede victims
Memorial to 1999 stampede victims
Memorial to 1999 stampede victims
Chapel on Ostrov Slyoz (Island of Tears)
Chapel on Ostrov Slyoz (Island of Tears)
Mourning figures on the chapel
Mourning figures on the chapel
Memorial chamber within the chapel
Memorial chamber within the chapel
Embankment on the north side of the Svislach
Embankment on the north side of the Svislach
Weeping angel statue and wedding party behind
Weeping angel statue and wedding party behind
Riverboat cafe and modern scenery
Riverboat cafe and modern scenery
Ostrov Slyoz and modern Minsk beyond
Ostrov Slyoz and modern Minsk beyond
Entering the Old Town
Entering the "Old Town"
National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
Church of St. Mary Magdalene
Church of St. Mary Magdalene
Upper Town and Holy Spirit Cathedral
Upper Town and Holy Spirit Cathedral
Holy Spirit Cathedral across the park
Holy Spirit Cathedral across the park
Grand Hotel d'Europe
Grand Hotel d'Europe
Sunlit Old Town Hall
Sunlit Old Town Hall
Lenin statue & Belarusian Government Building
Lenin statue & Belarusian Government Building
Facades along vul. Lenina
Facades along vul. Lenina
KGB Building
KGB Building
Panorama of the Belarusian Government Building
Panorama of the Belarusian Government Building
Stalinist building on vul. Lenina
Stalinist building on vul. Lenina