Whenever we take into consideration the idea of visiting another country, we instantly think about the capital city of that particular state. Whether or not the city is actually representative for the cultural and historical beauty of a particular region is debatable, but the truth is that it carries a lot of importance for that particular civilization, and consequently, it can bear certain meanings for visitors as well.
In this article we are going to take a look at the capital city of Belarus, Minsk, and we will analyze its significance as a tourist attraction.
First and foremost, it is worth nothing that tourists interested in the communist era, will definitely have their handful in Minsk as the capital is filled with relics, reminiscent of that particular timeframe. This is the place where we can find the widest collection of items which reflect the Soviet regime.
But the city also abounds in churches, museums, and even an ancient little town. Among the most relevant tourist attractions found in Minsk, the following are worth mentioning: the Holy Spirit Cathedral, the Cheluskintsev Park, the Botanic Garden, the Great Museum of the Patriotic Warrior, St. Simon and Helen Church.
The Cheluskintsev Park, which receives between 500,000 and 1 million visitors on an annual basis, has received the name of the Best Amusement Park during the Crystal Wheel Contest in 2010, held in Sochi, Russia. Only countries which are part of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) participate in this contest and the purpose of it is to publicize the amusement parks and emphasize the events which attract the most participants.
The contest is widely appreciated due to the fact that the jury is thoroughly analyzing the activities developed in the parks, taking into account the professional preparation of the personnel, the activities themselves and the safety of the tourists which engage in these activities.
The Holy Spirit Cathedral was initially a Roman Catholic Church and a convent for the Bernadine monks. The construction work began in 1642, but the edifice suffered important damages in 1741 when it fell prey to fire. The cathedral was restored and completed in the 18th century.
The architectural design used for the cathedral is Baroque and the structure is reminiscent of the traditional basilica as the middle nave is longer and taller than the side naves. The architecture and the decorations, together with the relevant religious depictions, have made the cathedral a highly appreciated monument of the Old Minsk.
The Virgin Mary Cathedral is the largest and most beautiful cathedral not only in Minsk, but in the entire country. The cathedral is situated in the old part of the town and it is a part of the ensemble which forms a Jesuit monastery.
St. Simon and Helen Church is an edifice constructed out of red brick, not so long ago – it has been erected in the 20thcentury, more precisely in 1910, by Edward Wojnilowitsch as a means to honor his children who had lost their lives a few years prior to that date.
These are but a few of the tourist attractions bound to stir your interest in Minsk. The communist regime had left its imprint on the capital, and this is noticeable widely through the impressive number of sculptures which bear the Stalinist architectural style. But the other monuments located in Minsk do not bear less importance just because they are crafted in a different style. The multitude of churches, parks and museums will definitely make your time worthwhile so do take the time to enjoy what the capital of Belarus has to offer.