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“The main place in Minsk”

Independence Square, Minsk
Ranked #24 of 213 things to do in Minsk
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This is my favourite spot in Minsk, the architecture on and around this square is a good example of the era in which Stalin dominated. Next to the government building is the Church of St Simon and St Helena (red church)

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

This is a large square with some interesting buildings and statues. There are fountains and a nice bell you can ring in memory of the Chernobyl victims.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Located on the Northwest side of Minsk city limit, this Independence Square host a number of major attractions such as the Victory Monument and the Eternal Flame.

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Independence Square in Minsk is very reminiscent of the Soviet era, with grandiose Soviet style Stalinist Realist buildings, a sprawling vista, a still existing Lenin statue, an Orthodox church renovated post-1991, the university buildings and, within walking distance, the Josef Stalin conceived Minsk Gates, the twin iconic buildings that serve as the symbolic gateway to the city. Post Soviet era addition has been the underground shopping mall, worth a visit, and try to sweet savouries at the corner shop beside the exit stairway for a taste of Minsk's traditional desserts

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

These days, Belarus is a truly European country, but emerge from the Metro onto Independence Square in Minsk and you would be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to Russia. Construction on the square began in 1964, well before the breakup of the Soviet Union, and in some ways it perfectly reflects the Russian penchant for function over form. First, the square is immense. It was designed for rallies, ceremonies, and military parades. Second, a number of monumental buildings scream Soviet Brutalist style, including the high-rise Belarusian State University and the former Supreme Soviet of Belarus as shown in the photo

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