Trinity Suburb is an old picturesque part of Minsk located on the bank of the Svisloch River in the city center. Its cozy little streets and houses, with tile roofs and delicate colors, have become a symbol of Minsk. Their image can be often seen on souvenirs and candy. Trinity Suburb, Upper Town, the surroundings of the destroyed Minsk Castle and Rakovski Suburb form the historic center of Minsk with its captivating historic buildings, Orthodox and Catholic churches.
Since the 16th century the Upper Town has been the center of Minsk. On its territory there were the Upper market, The City hall, churches, monasteries, synagogues, residences of reach people and aristocrats. Despite numerous wars and destructions which pursued Minsk all history long, the historical lay-out of the streets and quarters of the Upper Town has not practically changed, many unique monuments of architecture of different epoch and styles managed to survive. The ensemble of the Upper town includes Svabody (Freedom) Square, Hiercena street, Kiryly I Miafodzija street, Internacyyanalnaja street, the Muzyczny lain, a part of the streets of Engels and Kamsamolskaja. The Holy Spirit cathedral, St, Joseph’s Church and Roman Catholic Archicathedral Church of St. Mary the Virgin are unique monuments of architecture of the Belarus baroque.
Minsk bike path is located along the river Svisloch. A lot of turns, bridges, and sports complexes are situated along the route on bike path. You will see all Central Parks of Minsk. Minsk bike path is a good place for sport training or travel biking. It is an interesting route through the capital of Belarus with a good quality of asphalt.
The hotel complex is located in the restored building of the 17th century (1624 year), in the former monastery of the bernadines.
The monastery occupied the whole block and included a church with a fraternal body and wooden buildings, such as the refectory, school, hospital, stables, brewery. After Kastus Kalinovskiy insurrection the monastery was closed and handed over for the use of the city council.
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit is one of the famous symbols of Minsk and . It is the central cathedral of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. It is a beautiful, big, long, two-towered Russian Orthodox cathedral in the very heart of the city. It was completed in 1642, when the Bernardine monastery was built, at a time when the city was in centre of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. In 1741 the original structure was damaged by fire but later reconstructed. The convent was closed in 1852 and the building was given to the Russian Orthodox Church for use. Monastery was closed by the Bolsheviks after the October Revolution. Today this cathedral is restored to its origin glory. On the top of cathedral is Minsk Icon of Holly Mother.
St. Joseph Church is a former Roman Catholic church in Minsk. The building, which is an example of the Baroque architecture style, was completed in 1752. The church was named after the monastery to which it belonged. It was closed in the 1860s. Since the late 19th century, it has been used to store archives.
St. Peter and Paul Cathedral is an integral part of the old Nemiga. Beautiful yellow church is actually Orthodox Church and it is oldest religious building in Minsk. It was build in 1613 and it was surviving massive destruction during World War II. Once in the 60's of the Soviet regime the historic appearance of this corner of Minsk has been destroyed by the construction of 12-stores building near the church, and now the church is almost the only reminder of the days of old Minsk.
Cathedral of the Holy Name of Mary is a Roman Catholic baroque cathedral in Minsk. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev. The Jesuits built this Baroque church in 1770-1710. The interior was decorated with abundant paintings and twelve wooden apostles. The original paintings are now restored and the church has a renovated organ.
The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus is one of Europe’s biggest theaters and the architectural landmark of Minsk. The theater is also famous for its talented performers. In the theater, there are opera and ballet companies, a symphony orchestra, choir, Children's musical theater-studio, the creative team of "Belarusian Capella". Performances in the theater are performances in the original language and in both official languages of the country - the Belarusian and Russian.
The oldest park in Minsk that was founded in 1800 as the City Gardens, Gorky Park received its current name in honour of the Soviet-era writer in 1936. Originally designed along the lines of a classic English park, the hugely popular public space has seen many transformations over the years. Now geared towards children although frequented by people of all ages, amusements of park complete with a 56-metre Ferris wheel, a small observatory and planetarium and an indoor skating rink. During the summer it’s possible for children to take a ride round the park on a pony.
The National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus is the largest museum in the country. More than twenty seven thousand works of art – creating twenty miscellaneous collections and comprising two main representative ones: the one of national art and the other of monuments of art of the countries and nations of the world – can be found on exposition, at the branches of the Museum and its depositories.
The Museum of the Great Patriotic War was opened for visitors on 22 October 1944 in the liberated city of Minsk. It was the first museum in the world of this theme. Nowadays, the museum is the most important institution of national memory about the great deed of Belarusian people and the people of the Soviet Union in the struggle against Nazism. The museum became one of the research centers about the Great Patriotic War. The funds of the museum numbers 142,676 items. In the fund collections of the museum, there is weapon of soldiers and partisans, partisan hand-written journals, army editions and leaflets, government awards and personal belongings of the war participants, documents and photos, banners, etc. The personnel of the museum carry out panoramic and thematic excursions, guest lectures, and take part in different activities, dedicated to anniversary dates and to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. On the basis of the museum, they organize international conferences and congresses.
At Belarusian State Circus many different kinds of performances - from water shows to aerial acrobatics – can be seen. A hallmark of former Soviet countries, the new circus preserves the atmosphere of the old attraction. It was erected in the place of the original wooden building of 1930. Notice the sculptures of a horseman, a pyramid of animals, and a clown in front of the building. The circus features four basic arenas, a training ground, a ballet room and a swimming pool. Learn more about the history of the Belarusian State Circus from the museum on the top floor.
Minsk Town Hall was built in the 16th century according to the Magdeburg Law. During earlier times it was damaged by fires and wars, and even ruined. In 2003 it was restored. Lots of historical documents from the archives of Minsk, Warsaw, Vilnius and other cities were used in the restoration process. Now you can admire the whiteness of Minsk Town Hall – the symbol of freedom, resistance and pride. The nearby square remains as it was in the 19th century. Inside the Town Hall you can learn about Minsk through centuries, and check out a model of the city from the 19th century.
GUM (State Department Store) is worth a visit. Yet rather for a time-machine excursion into the old times. Supermarkets with the same name were built in big cities all across USSR but in Moscow or Kiev they have already transformed into modern malls with plenty of Western brands. Belarusian GUM sell mostly local goods and, despite attempts of modernization, still reminds of the old era.
Street Zybitskaya in 2015 became one of the most rave places of Minsk. Here are constantly opening new bars, cafés and restaurants, and the visitors never have to be bored. Among the most popular places bar "Bottles", bar "El Pushka", bar “Mad rabbit”, bar "Loft" and others.