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About Minsk

Some interesting facts about Minsk, the capital of Belarus

  • For the first time Minsk was mentioned in the chronicles under 1067 in connection with the Battle on the Nemiga River. For a long time it was the second largest river flowing through Minsk, until it was adapted for its urban location by containment within a network of pipes. Today the name Nemiga more commonly refers to a nearby street and Metro Station.

  • About 844,000 trees grow in Minsk, and the every fourth is linden. The area for planting flowers in about 72 766 m2, that could form 10 football fields.

  • Minsk Botanical Garden is the 3rd largest in Europe, after the Royal Botanic Garden Kew in London, and park in Madrid. The Area of Botanical Garden is 96 hectares.

  • There is a square with a single building. The whole area of Paris Commune square is occupied by the only building - the Opera and Ballet Theatre.

  • The oldest fountain in Minsk was opened in 1874, to mark the opening of the water supply system of artesian water. This composition is preserved until our time. The Fountain, "The boy with a swan" is located in Alexander Square in the center of the capital. In all there are over a hundred of big and small fountains.

  • Long times ago the forest elephants were living on the territory of modern Minsk. Their remains were found during laying a line of Minsk subway in 2006 during excavation work at the intersection of Nezavisimosti Avenue and the Russiyanova Stree.

  • Victory Monument on prospect Nezavisimosti in Minsk is 36 meters high, has a 2-meter pedestal and the size of the stars on its top is 6x6 meters.

  • Jubileinaya Square was not named in honor of the anniversary of the October Revolution or World War II and the dates associated with the communist past, but in honor of the anniversary of the Nicene (Universal) Church Cathedral, which was celebrated in a big way by all the Catholics of the world in 1825. The square got its name in 1826.

  • 306 135 hours spent all the citizens of Minsk answering questions from the census carried out in 2009. This time corresponds to 35 years, which is approximately equal to the average age of the city's population (37.7 years).

  • Nobody would guess that in 1939 - 1946 Minsk was the jazz capital of the USSR. During these years, Eddie Rosner, famous Jazz musician, who was born in the Polish Jewish family, came to Minsk after the manifestation of Hitler's attitude toward Jews, worked in Minsk Art. Since 1946, Jazz was banned in the Soviet Union, and Rosner was sent to the Gulag for 10 years.

  • During the long history Minsk was burned to the ground 18 times.

  • 54 bridges run over Svisloch River that flows through all the city.

  • Minsk underground was opened on June 29, 1984, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Minsk liberation from Nazi invaders during World War II.

  • The longest street of Minsk and Belarus is Nezavisimosty Avenue, which has the length of 12 km and an interesting history of name change. While founded in 1801 it was named Zakharjevskaya (after governor Zakhary Korneev), during the German occupation in 1918 it was named Hauptstraße, also it had the names Sovietskaya, Adam Mickiewicz street, Lenin Prospect, Stalin Prospect… Alltogether it has had 18 name changes!

  • In Minsk you can see the Kilometre Zero Monument in Oktyabrskaya Square. That`s the point where the all Belarussian routes start. On this point you can see the to the Belarusian cities and towns, as well as the capitals of European countries, may be you can find here you city too.

  • May 9 (Victory Day) and July 3 (Independence Day) are the dates when Minsk turns into a holiday city. The grandiose parades of military machines, declamations, festivals and concerts all over the city, dedicated to the Victory Day and the liberation of Minsk during the 2nd World War are worth to be seen.

  • The second weekend of September is a Fest of the City. The shows for adluts and children are holding on each square and place. This Fest every year attract thousands of visitors from other countries and Belarussian cities. We hope that Volkswagen Minsk Half Marathon will make even more people get together and will become a perfect sport event.