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Minsk Oblast

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Minsk Oblast

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Minsk Oblast is a region in the central part of Belarus.


Cities and towns[edit]

  • Minsk – the center of the region and the capital of the country. The city of fascinating Stalinist and late-Soviet architecture that also preserves few monuments from 17th – 18th century.
  • Barysaŭ (Borisov) – the second largest city of the region with numerous buildings from 19th century. Famous for its succesful soccer team, Bate Borisov.
  • Ivianiec – a small town with the magnificent Catholic church from 18th century, a neo-gothic church, and a wooden synagogue.
  • Niasviž – a historical town with the castle and the huge park from 18th century.
  • Valožyn – a town that keeps several nice monuments of classicism style from early 19th century.
  • Zaslaŭje – an ancient picturesque town that preserves two original Catholic churches (late 16th and late 18th centuries) and the remains of old fortifications.

Other towns[edit]

  • Klieck – a small charming town preserving the Catholic church from late 17th century and a number of early 20th-century builduings in art nouveau style.
  • Sluck – a rather unremarkable town with the wooden church from 18th century and few secular buildings from late 19th century.
  • Rakaŭ – a town that preserves several churches from late 18th – early 20th century.
  • Vilejka – a town with the unusual neo-gothic cathedral

Other destinations[edit]

  • Budslaŭ – a village with a 17th century Minor Basilica, a popular target of religious pilgrimages, worth seeing also for the lovers of Baroque architecture. Every year a huge number of pilgrims come to Budslav to honor the miraculous image of Madonna, the patron of Belarus [1]
  • Chatyń (Khatyn) – memorial complex on the spot of the village savagely burnt during the World War II
  • Siličy (Silichy) – a skiing resort near the village of the same name not far from Minsk.
  • Narochansky national park – a natural reserve, woodland in the northern part of the region
  • Snoŭ – a country estate from early 19th century



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