|Victory Square (Плошча Перамогі, Площадь Победы), one of the key landmarks of Minsk, the capital city of Belarus.
"One of the most important places in Belarus, Minsk Victory Square is dominated by the huge 40m obelisk, a memorial to the country’s war dead. Previously known as The Circus, Victory Square was renamed and made into a memorial in 1954 when the obelisk was erected. Around the base of the monument were placed four scenes engraved by Belarusian sculptors, depicting: "9th May 1945 Victory Day", "Partisans of Belarus", "Glory to the fallen heroes", "Soviet Army during the years of the Great Patriotic War". On 3rd July 1961 an eternal flame was lit at the base of the obelisk. Minsk Victory Square today is a place of pilgrimage for the people of Belarus wishing to remember the millions that died in the Great Patriotic War (World War 2). Many newly married couples stop off at the eternal flame to take a special wedding-day photograph." (Text from the official website of the Republic of Belarus
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October Square (Кастрычніцкая плошча, Октябрьская площадь), one of the main squares of Minsk, the capital city of Belarus. #
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of Minsk, the capital city of Belarus.
"The National Library of Belarus (Belarusian: Нацыянальная бібліятэка Беларусі, Russian: Национальная бийлиотека Беларуси), founded on 15 September 1922, is a copyright library of the Republic of Belarus. It houses the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials and the third largest collection of books in Russian behind the Russian State Library (Moscow) and the Russian National Library (St Petersburg). It is now located in a new 72-metre (236 feet) high building in Minsk, Belarus. The building has 22 floors and was completed in January 2006. The building can seat about 2,000 readers and features a 500-seat conference hall. Its main architectural component has the shape of a rhombicuboctahedron. The library's new building was designed by architects Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko and opened on 16 June 2006. [...] In addition to serving as a functional library, the National Library is a city attraction. It is situated in a park on a river bank and has an observation deck looking over Minsk. As of 2009 it is the only structure in Minsk with a public observation deck. The area in front of the library is used for many public concerts and shows." (Text from Wikipedia).
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The 1972 monument of the Belarusian poet Yakub Kolas on Yakub Kolas Square in Minsk.
"Yakub Kolas Square (Belarusian: Плошча Якуба Коласа) is a square in Pershamayski District of Minsk, is located on crossing of Independence Avenue, Yakub Kolas street and Vera Khoruzhaya street. The square was named in honour of the folk poet and one of the founders of the classic Belarusian literature - Yakub Kolas. The sculptures of Yakub Kolas and figures from his poems form the architectural centerpiece of the square. Lush greenery and fountains make this square an attractive landmark on a hot summer day for nearby workers, shoppers and city tourists. City underground station of the Moskovskaya line exits to the square, nearby tram stop, bus and trolley stop. Clay tiles in national style lay the vestibule of the station.
Several central streets join at the square including Yakub Kolas Street, Red street, Golden Hill, Very Choruzhey Street and Moulyavin Boulevard. Belarusian State University of Physical Culture faces the square from the east.
Minsk Production Amalgamation for Computers and Minsk Print Works face the square from the North. The towers of both buildings form a "gate" together with Very Choruzhey street similar in style to the Stalinist towers on Station Square facing Minsk Railway Station. Restaurant "At Crossroads" with its characteristic red face brick overlooks the square from the West. The National Philharmonic is located to the south of the square and surrounded with dwellings, department store "TSUM" and supermarket "Stolichny". The architects succeeded to make it a convenient City center for residents, workers, shoppers, tourists and art lovers." (Text from Wikipedia).
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