Logoysk (Orasul Logoysk)

The city of Logoysk is located on the bank of the river Gayna at 40 kilometers from the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The region bears the name of “Belarusian Switzerland” due to the fact that it encompasses a beautiful natural environment which has not been exposed to the intervention of man. It is no wonder that the residents of the city, but more importantly, tourists, are mesmerized by the wonderful scenery they are presented with.

The exact moment when the city came into being is unknown, but the first document which mentions Logoysk dates from the 11th century. Throughout its existence, the city has been destroyed twice: at the beginning of the 16th century (by the ruthless hands of the Tartars) and in the 18th century, by Swedes.

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The region has been home to numerous famous writers that have drawn their inspiration from the nature surrounding them. Thus several of the most renowned classical Belarusian pieces of literature were written in Logoysk. And the most accurate example is Yanka Kypala, the author of “Paylinka”, “The Lion’s Grave” and “Bandaroyna,” all of them having been instilled with life in this specific town.

Visitors to the area will indulge themselves with a one-of-a-kind tour as the city offers a complex tableau where history, religion and nature intertwine. Among the places worth visiting are the remnants of the 11th century citadel, two dwellings which have been erected in the ancient times as well as the ruins of trenches and watercourses which have been built in the past. In terms of spiritual transcendence, there is one religious house which you might consider worthy of your time. This is Saint Nicolas Church which dates from the middle of the 19th century (1845). The ruins of the fortress in the light of the sun, as it is mirrored in the crystal clear water of the Gayna River offer an impressive image, one which almost seems depicted from legends.

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The city is also home to a museum of antiquities where the past is retraced from bits and pieces. Whether we are talking about works of art, about household items which were used in antiquity or fragments of weaponry and tools, these are contained within the museum, offering a general presentation of the past.

The museum, together with several monuments which are spread throughout the city and burial places are meant keep the memory of the Great Patriotic War alive.

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But there are other attractions as well, and sport lovers will be interested to learn that in close proximity of Logoysk they can find a skiing sports and fitness center where people can perform their favorite sports. In fact, the place is renowned throughout Belarus for the skiing and snowboarding facility it offers. It is no wonder that the complex is used regularly for various events. Both national and international sports competitions are held at the center on a yearly basis. There are other festivals as well which are organized here and the themes which revolve around them vary from fashion to art and beverage. So there is something for every taste.

Those interested in mythical stories will be pleased to find out that there is a park which is shrouded in mystery and which abounds in enigmatic tales. It is enough to listen to some of the stories which are told by the elderly and to let your imagination run wild and you will instantly awake as part of a legend.