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HOLIDAY IN BELARUS   >   EUROPE  


Counties in Belarus : Brest, Homyel, Hrodna, Mahilyow, Minsk, and Vitsyebsk.

Capital City of Belarus : Minsk


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National Parks

From the ancient times Belarus is called 'Lakeland'  [ there are > 11,000 lakes and > 20,000 rivers and brooks in the country ]. Blue, deep blue and almost black mirrors of lakes are hidden in the forest thickets or glimmer joyfully in the meadows... Lakes are the eyes of Belarus, therefore the country is called blue-eyed.

  Berezinsky Nature Reserve

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

 Thomas Cook

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  Regent Holidays   -   Minsk City Break / Highlights of Belarus
Any visit to Belarus has to include more than just the Soviet capital Minsk, even if just to remind yourself that Belarussian history dates back further than 1950. You will travel north of Minsk to the birthplace of the Belarus nation, Polatsk. This sleeply riverfront town can easily be explored on foot and a visit should include St Efrasinnia Monastery. Here, the Holy Saviour Church is one of the finest examples of early 12th-century religious architecture. There is also the possibility to visit the Berezinsky Nature Reserve. You will continue onto the historic town of Vitebsk. Despite sovietisation of the town an air of elegance lingers in parts of the old town. The city is also the site of the Slavic Bazaar, a massive song and culture festival held annually in the summer. You can visit the small museum dedicated to the surrealist artist Marc Chagall, who was born here in 1887. The tour ends back in Minsk, where Lenin still stands proudly in the main square, but if the Soviet style becomes too much you can immerse yourself in more classical attractions. Try the Cathedral of the Holy Ghost, the Marinsky Cathedral, or take a train and visit the 16th-century Mir Castle.



  Belarus Tourist
Comfortable hotels in Minsk and other main cities of Belarus - Brest, Grodno, Vitebsk, Moguilev, Gomel We also arrange trips to a picturesque places in different parts of Belarus. Make reservation now.

Belarus - Bradt Travel Guide - 1841622079Travel Guides Belarus / Related books

Amazon.com - Travel Guides Belarus 

  Dorling Kindersley   -    

  Belarus (Bradt Travel Guide) - 1841622079
Nigel Roberts (Author)
Belarus is perhaps the most inaccessible, unknown and misunderstood country in Europe. This guide – the first to focus on the Republic of Belarus - therefore offers a rare opportunity to study a country and its people as they really are, before the rest of the world catches on. Anyone with an interest in history and sociology will be fascinated by the continuation of traditional rural pastimes and industries; there are also vast areas of marshes, lakes and rivers, which are of particular appeal to ecologists and environmentalists.
Paperback: 304 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 1 edition (15 Jun 2008); ISBN-10: 1841622079; ISBN-13: 978-1841622071.

  Belarus - Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
Anne Coombes (Author)
Paperback: 168 pages; Publisher: Kuperard; illustrated edition edition (7 Oct 2008); ISBN-10: 1857334728; ISBN-13: 978-1857334722. 

Transport / How do I travel to Belarus

  Minsk Airport

 
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  Airline Tickets belarus / Discount Flights
Flight tickets belarus [ Minsk ], price comparison possible

  BELRW   -   Belarussian railways

National Express Eurolines
Travel by bus or coach to Belarus.


Links

  Belarus.org.uk   -   a traveler's guide to Belarus, camping, city information

  Belarus Embassy US
General information on belarus:  Government, Ministries, Politics,  Business & Economy,  Science & Education,  Universities,  Culture & Arts,  Religion, Theatre,  Music,  Sports & Recreation,  Travel,  Media, and much more

  Minsk   -   Capital City of Belarus 

  Brest Region   -   Brestskaya Oblast
Encircled by a green belt, Brest is located in the southwest of the Republic of Belarus
The main tourist centres are Brest, Baranovichi, Pinsk, Kobrin, the state national park Belovezhskaya Puscha (v.Kameniuki of the Kamenets district).
Rest areas are located in picturesque natural scenery on the territory of the Brest lakes, including: the Beloye Lake (Brest region), the Beloye Lake (Berioza district), the Gat' (Baranovichi district), the Papernia (Pruzhany district), the Selets (Berioza district), the Vygonoschanskoye Lake (Ivatsevichi district), the Zavishye (Ivanovo district), the Mukhavets River etc.
  Brest Region Map
  Homyel'skaya
  Hrodzyenskaya
  Mogilev Region   -   Mahilyowskaya Oblast   -   Located in the east of the Republic
The highest point of the region (239 m above sea level) is located near the railway station Temny Les (Dark Forest), the lowest point (126 m above sea level) - near the village of Gaishin by the river Sozh in Slavgorod district.
The landscapes of the region are various: picturesque hills of Mstislavl district give place to the low Central Berezina plain. Green forests in the south change into meadows and fields in the east of the region.
There are numerous construction materials fields (chalk, clay, sand, gravel) and several mineral water springs on the territory of the region. There is phosphorite along the river Sozh from Mstislavl to Krichev.
The region's river network is rather dense. The largest rivers are the Dnieper, the Beresina, the Sozh, the Svisloch, the Druts, the Pronya, the Ptich. There are very few lakes, the largest is Zaozerye with an area of 0.58 sq. km. There is Chigirinskoye reservoir on the river Drut with an area 21.1 sq. km.
The woods cover 35% of the area of the region. The highest forest density (up to 60%) is in Glusk, Bykhov, Osipovichi and Klichev districts. There are 2 preserves on the territory of the region: Zaozerye hydrological preserve and Cherikov hunting preserve.
Cities: Bobruisk, Mogilev, Osipovichi
  Minskaya
  Vitebsk Region   -   Vitsyebskaya Oblast   -   Located in the north-east of Belarus
The Vitebsk area is located on north-east of Republic Belarus in the upper and mean flow of Western Dvina river and in upper locales of the Dnieper. In a northwest the area bounds with Latvia and Lithuania. Vitebsk Region has a rich historical past. The nature has presented Vitebsk generously with forests, a bizarre mosaic of lakes and deep rivers.

  Brest   -    at the border with Poland   -   Brest Online
  Gomel / Homyel'   -   historic town
  Grodno / Hrodna
  Mogilev / Mahilyow
  Naroch 
The name Naroch is well-known not only to every Belarussian but also far beyond the boundaries of the country — the unique beauty of this place and its soft climate made the Naroch region a most favorite of all the Belarussian holiday resorts. Due to that fact the National park «Narochansky» was set up here in 1999.
  Vitebsk / Vitsyebsk  -  historic town

  Belovezhskaya Pushcha (shared with Poland)
  Holy Saviour Church
One of the finest examples of early 12th-century religious architecture.
  Mir Castle Complex
  Nesvizh Castle
  St. Efrasinnia Monastery
  Struve Geodetic Arc

  Magazine from Belarus   -   Delo Belarus
Monthly business magazine. Supplements in English and German available
  Mark Chagall   -   Belarussian painter [ 1887 - 1985 ]
The surrealist artist Marc Chagall was born in Vitebsk in 1887 [ in the town itself is a small museum dedicated to the artist ]. In 1907, Marc Chagall moved to St. Petersburg where he joined the school of the Society of Art Supporters where he studied under Nikolai Roerich.
After become known as an artist he left St. Petersburg, Russia to join the gathering of artists in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris, France.
  News from belarus   -   Belarus Today   -   Daily news e-paper
  Radio   -   Radio Roks   -   FM radio in Belarus [ streaming audio live available ]
  Radio & TV   -   The National State Teleradiocompany

Cuisine  -  Belarusian Recipes

  Belarusian cuisine

  My Belarus

History Belarus

Independence: 25 August 1991 (from Soviet Union); the Belarusian Supreme Soviet issued a proclamation of independence; on 17 July 1990 Belarus issued a declaration of sovereignty

  History of Belarus 
Early history [ First Belarusian states, Grand Duchy of Lithuania ], Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, Russian Empire, 20th century [ BNR and LBSSR, Belarusian Soviet Republic and West Belarus, Belarus in World War II, BSSR from 1945 to 1990 ], Republic of Belarus. 

  National Museum of Culture and History of Belarus

The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 
Timothy Snyder
Timothy Snyder traces the emergence of four rival modern nationalist ideologies from common medieval notions of citizenship. He presents the ideological innovations and ethnic cleansings that abetted the spread of modern nationalism but also examines recent statesmanship that has allowed national interests to be channeled toward peace.
Paperback 384 pages (August 31, 2004);  Publisher: Yale University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 030010586X.

Music, Art & Culture

The sources of the traditional Belarusian music are in the popular music of Eastern Slavs of the Kievan Rus period. The first bearers of secular professional tradition were skomorokhs.
By the 15th century the local type of "znamennogo" descant in the orthodox church music appeared.
In the musical culture of the second half of the 16th - beginning of the 17th centuries were reflected the tendencies of Renaissance and ideas of Reformation.
In the 17th century "Partesnoe" singing (choral concerts, psalms) was set.
In the 18th century private theatres and chapels of the Radizivils, Sapegas, Oginskys and other nobles became the centres of musical culture.

  Music of Belarus

  Belarusian culture
Music, Dress, World Heritage Sites, Literature, Theater, Russian impact, Festivals, Sport.

  Francysk Skaryna
Known as one of the first publishers in Eastern Europe, laying groundwork for the development of the Belarusian language and one of the first people to print in the Cyrillic alphabet. See The Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh


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