Tourism in Belarus, 10 Reasons to Visit Belarus.Tourism is a sector that grows every year in Belarus and contributes well to the national economy. Belarus is a former Soviet Union country. There are many parks, gardens, historical buildings and natural beauty areas in Belarus.
In 2017, Belarus was visited by 1 million tourists. Here are 10 reasons to visit Belarus.
1. Museum of Stones
Located at the intersection of Shugaeva and Akademica Kuprevicha streets, the Stone Museum is a museum opened in the mid-1980s. In the museum, a map of Belarus is drawn with 2.134 rock pieces in the area of 6.5 hectares. 500 giant pieces of rock that were still in the ice age are exhibited here. This open air museum is one of the rarely seen structures on Earth.
Located on the south-west of Belarus, Brest is a historic city close to the Polish border. There is a regular train service every day in the capital Minsk. You can go here and visit many tourist attractions. In addition, this city is one of the most affected cities in World War II.
3. Victory Square
“Victory Square” located at the junction of Independence Boulevard and Zakharau Street is known as the heart of the city. This challenge resembles the Red Square in Russia. There are many historic buildings on the square. Apart from that, there are restaurants, cafes, hotels and shopping centers. If you come to the city, this should be your first route.
4. Holy Spirit Cathedral
The Holy Spirit Cathedral, located in Minsk, the capital and largest city of the country, is an important religious structure built between 1633-1642. In 1741, this structure suffered a great deal of damage in the fire. It was opened as the Russian Orthodox Church after the October Revolution. Today it serves as an important religious structure. The cathedral attracts considerable attention in terms of architecture.
5. Island of Tears
Tears Island, located in the historical Trinity Zone of the capital city of Minsk, is a monumental island located on the Svislac River. A chapel was built here for 700 Belarusian soldiers who died in Afghanistan between 1979-1988. There are sculptures around the chapel where the names of the soldiers are written. These sculptures symbolize mourning family members. There is also a guardian screaming in the face of violence in the world. This remarkable island is worth seeing.
6. Central Botanical Garden
Central botanical gardens, located in Minsk, the capital and largest city of the country, was established on an area of 53 hectares in 1932. There is a pond in the middle of the garden. In the garden you can see the plants brought up in various parts of the world.
7. Chelyuskintsev Park
The Chelyuskintsev Park, located in Minsk, the capital and largest city of the country, was established between 1928 and 1931. There are approximately 22 thousand plant species in the 59 hectare park. The park also has plenty of recreational areas.
8. National Library of Belarus
The Belarus Modern National Library is located in a green park 3 km north east of the capital and largest city of Minsk. Founded in 1922, the library was established in 2006 with a modern process. It is known as the third largest library in Belarus and the largest in the world. More than 4600 LED bulbs are used to make light shows.
9. National Art Museum of Belarus
The National Art Museum of Belarus, located on Lenin Street in Minsk, the capital and largest city of the country, was established between 1939 and 1957 and is a worthy sight. A total of 30 thousand works are exhibited in the museum. Visit this museum to learn more about the history and culture of the country.
10. National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus
The Belarus Opera and Theater Building in Minsk is a great place to visit. The building, which was built between 1934 and 1939, was severely damaged during World War II. The Nazis used it as a barn. Renovated between 2006 and 2009, the building is home to many opera and theater shows. The theater has a capacity of 1200 people.