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BELARUS
Vacations and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageBelarusian, Russian
CapitalMinsk
Area207.600 kmĀ²
Population9,442,862  (2021)
CurrencyBelarusian ruble  (BYN)
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Code.BYN
Tel.+375

Cities in BELARUS

Minsk

Holidays and Sightseeing

Minsk, BelarusMinsk, BelarusPhoto: Vadim Sazanovich CC 4.0 International no changes made

The capital of Belarus is Minsk, also a tourist attraction of interest. Minsk is partly an old city with cathedrals such as the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, built in 1613, making it the oldest surviving church in the city. On the other hand, there are remnants of the old Soviet architecture such as the old spacious boulevards. There are also modern structures such as the huge National Library building.

Mir Castle, BelarusMir Castle, BelarusPhoto: Alex Zelenko CC 4.0 International no changes made

The castle of Mir, near the place of the same name, has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. The castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries and has five characteristic towers with loopholes. It was known as the Invincible Castle. Around 1568 the castle came into the hands of Count Radziwil, who rebuilt the castle in Renaissance style. A three-story palace was built along the east and north walls of the castle. A number of Baroque style elements have also been added. The palace and park in Nesvish is not far from Mir Castle and was used as the residence of the Radzivills family. The palace was designed by the famous Italian architect Giovanni Bernardoni.

Berezinski Biosphere Reserve in BelarusBerezinski Biosphere Reserve in BelarusPhoto: Public domain

The Berezinsky National Park has a unique fauna and flora and is a paradise for ornithologists and other nature lovers. The park also has World Heritage status. There are more than 300 different types of birds such as storks, orioles and wheatears. You can also take a boat trip on the river Berezina and see many special mammals such as wolves, moose and European Bison.

Sources

Belarus
Lerner Publications Company

Belarus and Moldova : country studies
Federal Research Division, Library of Congress

Holtbrügge, D. / Weissrussland
Verlag C.H. Beck

Levy, P. / Belarus
Marshall Cavendish

Oost-Europa
The Reader’s Digest

Russia & Belarus
Lonely Planet

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated February 2023
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