Sep 24

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.

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.

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.


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.

May 14

Minsk (Orasul Minsk)

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.