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Mahilioŭ

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Mogilev [1] is the capital of Mahilioŭ voblasc.

Understand[edit]

Mahilioŭ is a city in eastern Belarus, the third biggest city in the country with 367,788 inhabitants (2007 estimate). Mahilioŭ is the major local cultural, educational and industrial center.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Threre are no direct flights to Mahilioŭ. The best is to arrive by plane to Minsk airport which is about 200 km away.

By train[edit]

Regular trains arrive and departure from and to Homieĺ, Minsk, Moscow (Russia), Vilnus (Lithuania) and many small local stations. Railroad transportation is quite reliable with OK service and probably your best choice for travel.

By car[edit]

There are highways from Minsk and Moscow (trough Orša).

By bus[edit]

Reliable service from anywhere in Belarus.

Get around[edit]

Local transportation system includes buses, trolleybuses and minibuses (bel. maršrutka). They are quite cheap: buses and trolleys as for November 2013 are 2200 BYR (roughly 25 US cents) and minibuses are around 5000 rubles. There's an option to buy rather cheap travel ticket (bel. prajazny biliet) covering buses and trolleybuses for 10 days (46500 BYR, 6 USD) or 1 month (105650 BYR, 12 USD).

Cabs prices can be quite different, especially they might be expensive for not fluent in Russian language travelers. Normal price: 25-35000 BYR (3-4 USD) embarkation fee + 8000 BYR (0.9 USD) per kilometer.

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The best is to walk throgh pedestrian Leninskaja st. from Savieckaja sq. upto Lieninskaja sq. Here you will see main historical attactions. Start from Savieckaja Sq. That is a nice observation spot. Moreover this is the place where Mahiliou Castle was built and therefore this is the place from which the city began. Visit Regional History Museum (Krajaznaucy muziej) in three-storeyed yellow building or City Museum located in Town Hall. During summer time you can enjoy views from the tower of the Town Hall.

Then keep going by Lieninskaja street towards Lieninskaja Sq. You will see consequently the Drama Theatre, Catholic Church, old building of University, Bialynicki-Birulia Art Museum, Plošča Zor with an awaresome monument to Astrologyst. Finally you will come to the huge Government House built in 1930s when rulers of Belarus intended to move capital from Minsk to Mahilioŭ.

After that you can move back to Savieckaja Sq. via Pieršamajskaja st. Nowadays this is the main street of Mahilioŭ. Most buildings dates back to 1970s-1980s.

These two streets will give you an essential feeling about the city.

The list of top sites:

  • St. Nicholas Monastery Complex[2] - built in 1672. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on January 30, 2004.
  • St. Stanislaus Catholic Church [3] - built in 1752. Famous for its frescos.
  • Town Hall - built in 1692, damaged during WWII and later demolished. Rebuilt in 2008.
  • Drama Theatre - built in 1888.
  • Bialynicki-Birulia Art Museum
  • Government House - built in 1940. A piece of constuctivism architecture.
  • Dubravienka river esplanade
  • Bujnickaje Polie - WWII battlefield memorial.
  • Palykavickaja Krynica

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Festivals[edit]

  • М@rt.kantakt [4] — international youth theatre festival. Annually in the end of March since 2006.
  • Mahutny boža (eng. Powerful God)- festival of spiritual songs. Held since 1993.
  • Zalaty sliahier (eng. Golden chartbuster) - festival for songs popular in 1960s-1980s.


Theatres[edit]

Mahilioŭ has two theatres:

  • Mahilioŭ Drama Theatre [5] – Pieršamajskaja st. 7; shows drama performances.
  • Mahilioŭ Puppet Theatre [6] – Pieršamajskaja st. 73. Cosy theatre, plays for children. Located near Government House.

Beaches[edit]

There are some beaches on the banks of Dnieper river and shores of Sviatoje lake. Beaches are open in summer time.

Learn[edit]

Work[edit]

Buy[edit][add listing]

The most well known grocery stores are - Gippo, Euroopt, Rublioŭski, Susiedzi, Belmarket; OMA (household goods). Each of them offer everything for daily needs. Also one may choose to stroll around in the areas of some Mahilioŭ outdoor markets: Minski Market, Bychaŭski Market.

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Budget[edit]

  • Buffet - 5, Kamsamoĺskaja St. (in the building of Bielaruski Instytut Pravaznaŭstva), Mahilioŭ 212030. Cosy student cafe with wi-fi. No alcohol. Definately will recommend for a lunch. Monday-Sunday 10.00-22.00.
  • Burger Pizza - 18, Puškin Ave 18. Decent fast-food.
  • Pizza Smile - 6, Maŭčanskaha. Inside hypermarket Gippo. Monday-Sunday 11.00-23.00

Mid-range[edit]

  • Bellagio - 21, Leninskaja St. Nice interiors and fine european cuisine. The service is on high level.
  • Magellan - 16, Liepiašynskaha St. Working hours: Monday-Sunday 11.00-23.00. Close to Astrologer sculpture.
  • Unosi-ka Sushi - sushi-bar. 23a, Lieninskaja St. Working hours: Monday-Sunday 10.00-22.00.
  • Nahorny Pasad, restaurant and brewery - 13, Lieninskaja St. Self-brewed beer. Monday-Sunday 11.00-00.00.

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hotel Mogilev - 6, Mira Ave. The hotel is near center of the city on the picturesque bank of the river Dubravienka - 3 km far from the railway station.
  • Gubernski Hotel - 56/6, Leninskaja St. Centrally located on the famous pedestrian street.
  • Tourist Hotel - 6, Pushkinski Ave., 6, Mahilioŭ 212002.

Splurge[edit]

  • Metropol, 6, Kamsamolskaja St. Centrally located opposite to the Drama Theatre newly opened hotel in a 19th century building. The hotel has sauna.

Contact[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Mahilioŭ usually is a safe place but everyone should take common precautions against pickpockets and baggage theft, especially in public transport and at stations.

The baggage lockers in Mahilioŭ railway station and bus station are a cheap and secure place to store bags and other items.

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Get out[edit]

  • Smolensk - A very worthwhile day or half-day trip to an old Russian city with an ancient fortress as well as numerous examples of old architecture. Buses leave from the central bus station several times a week, cost around 470 RUB/10 EUR/ 13.7 USD and take about 4.5 hours.



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