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Minsk is the capital of the independent Republic of Belarus. The city has omlag1, 9 million (2012), and is situated on a ridge in the central part of the country. Svislatj river runs through the city. Minsk was first mentioned in historical records in 1067. The town was in changing the control until it became the capital of the Soviet Republic of Belarus in 1919.
Minsk, the country’s cultural and industrial center (and gateway), was nearly obliterated during the 2 World War. The rejuvenated town is characterized by Soviet architecture of the 1950s – and the 1960s. Around the center there is an interconnected system of parks, along the river, this part of town a bucolic feel summer. Residential and industrial areas are organized in circles around the center. The industry includes automotive, tractor and food processing.
Minsk has a number of attractions to offer – including opera and theaters. There are also several interesting churches and public buildings in the city, and a good selection of museums. The foremost of these is the National Museum of History and Culture. You get a very good overview of the major events in the city and its history. National Art Museum (with artifacts from 1600 to the present day) and the War Museum also worth a visit.
The main street in Minsk called “Praspekt Skaryny” and is a lively promenade with great shopping. Otherwise, you should head to the renovated quarters east of Svislatj river, which is today, with an approximate 1600-century architecture. This is also a good selection of cozy cafes, bars, restaurants and gift shops.
The city’s airport – Minsk International Airport – located 42 miles east of downtown.