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Minsk is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Belarus, situated on the Svislach and Nyamiha rivers. In 2013, it had a population of 2,002,600.
The earliest historical references to Minsk date to the 11th century (1067), when it was noted as a provincial city within the principality of Polotsk.
I will skip the history of wars there.
Minsk saw heavy fighting during the first half of 1944. Factories, municipal buildings, power stations, bridges, most roads and 80% of the houses were reduced to rubble. In 1944, Minsk's population was reduced to a mere 50,000. After the Second World War, Minsk was rebuilt, but not reconstructed. The historical centre was replaced in the 1940s and 1950s by Stalinist architecture, which favoured grand buildings, broad avenues and wide squares. Subsequently, the city grew rapidly as a result of massive industrialisation.

So Minsk is and old and new city in the same time. It is not as cozy as Vilnius or Tallinn, has no Old Town with narrow streets. But I appreciate the effort made by the people. It is clean and tidy. The walls are white with no graffiti on them. No garbage anywhere. It was Victory Day, so there was a festive mood. There was music, some souvenirs, the people enjoyed the sunny day and I enjoyed it with them.

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On the square near City Hall

City Hall





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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12629 W: 133 N: 32606] (149979)
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