If you find yourself in its downtown – at Oktyabrskaya Square, the first thing you notice is an amazing contrast and an eclectic nature of the surrounding architecture. The ultra-modern velcom’s head office and nearby buildings are a great example of how different styles and epochs can get along with each other. By the way, the heart of Minsk is spread out before you if you look at it from the velcom-center: Victory Square, Nemiga Street where the city was founded, and Zybitskaya Street which had been reconstructed from a medieval street. These are the must-visit places for any curious tourist.
If you are looking for a unique contrast, Minsk is your city. A city of brilliant programmers and large-scale post-Soviet manufacturing enterprises, a promising business partner, and a quiet edge of Europe. These are just a few of the opinions, rumors, and myths about Minsk, and there are plenty of them. So, we would like to debunk them and form our own opinion.
Despite the fact that ancestors of many famous people, such as Scarlett Johansson, Kirk and Michael Douglas, Larry King, Isaac Asimov, etc., are from Belarus, this part of the continent remains a white spot on the thoroughly-studied map of Europe for many Europeans. We can only add that a short while ago, a Belarusian native – Svetlana Alekseevich – was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature for the first time in the history of the independent Belarus.
Let’s look at some places worth visiting, things worth trying, and landmarks worth seeing!