Interesting Facts about Minsk: Did you know, that...

  • For the 1st 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.

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  • The emblem of Minsk depicts Madonna, two angels and two cherubims.

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  • Minsk is a green city. The area of 72 766 m2 is given over to planting flowers in Minsk, which is about the size of 10 football fields. Also, 844,000 trees grow in Minsk.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • There are over a hundred of big and small fountains. 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.

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The fountain on the shore of Komsomolskoye lake opposite to the Victoria Hotel claims to be the most technological one. The fountain at Nezavisimosty Square beats the record in the number of streams - 700 water beams shoot up in the air there once in a while.
The fountain near the Opera and Ballet Theater is considered to be the most capacious - the capacity of the pool equals 300,000 liters.
And the sculptural composition "Venok" (circlet of flowers) in Yanka Kupala Park is the most romantic one.

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  • When laying a line of Minsk subway for the first time in Belarus, the remains of the forest elephant were found. On September 15, 2006 during excavation work at the intersection of Nezavisimosti Avenue and the Russiyanova Stree at depth of about 8 meters, a bone over a meter long and a diameter of about 30 centimeters, belonging to animal was found.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • Nobody would guess that in 1939 - 1946 Minsk was the jazz capital of the USSR. During these years, Eddie Rosner, a German Jew who 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.
  • Svisloch River that flows through Minsk has eight sharp turns, and 54 bridges run over it.

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  • The annual average of fog in the capital is 67 days. This is more than in London - there are only 45.
  • Minsk is situated at an altitude of 280 meters above sea level.
  • At the University named after M.Tank in Minsk the Foucault pendulum is installed. There are only about 20 of them in the world.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The beginning of all roads in Belarus is Kilometre Zero Monument in Oktyabrskaya Square in Minsk that tells the distances to the Belarusian cities and towns, as well as the capitals of European countries.

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See also:

New "City Scales" Sculpture in Minsk
Slutsk Waistbands: History and Unknown Facts
Belarusian Traditional Cuisine: Not Just Potato!

 

 

 





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