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Independence Square, Minsk, Minsk

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Walk among many important government buildings at Independence Square, Minsk, a typical Soviet square. Notice the famous three storks on top of the largest of several glass domes that dominate the square. The three storks symbolize the city’s independence, and the domes cover an underground shopping center. As part of the square, formerly known as Lenin Square, you'll find two state universities, a luxurious hotel, the main post office, and a famous red church. The square is part of the main city avenue, which is included in the World Heritage Tentative List. Watch for the large bust of Lenin in front of the parliament building. Using our international travel planner, Minsk attractions like Independence Square, Minsk can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Forty years ago first came out with the train and with the may day demonstration was held by the stands on the central square. During this time, noticed changes in government buildings, but the area became prettier: landmarks, underground shopping center, the Catholic Church.
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  • In principle, nothing unusual, but looks at the expense of the Grand square of its dimensions and missing people. And Lenin, of course, towering over all, unwittingly immerses you in the past
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  • we went on a Saturday, it was raining on and off, we still enjoyed walking around and seeing many people doing the same  more »
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  • It's a big square. I guess Stalin would be proud. The very big Lenin statute is a nice, very communist touch. And there is a massive mall underneath
  • Very bare square, no much on it, no green glass. The buildings surrounding the square are the most beautiful of the area.
  • Place to visit while in Minsk. It has underground shopping mall with lots of local souvenir stores.
  • Ohh so nice place.
  • Massive and impressive square, especially for lovers of old CCCP

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The funky town of Minsk is flooded with cool hotels and chic apartments to rent, many of which can be quite luxurious. Renting an apartment is a great option--and if you are traveling with a group, you can keep the cost per person down. While bed and breakfasts and guesthouses are not quite as popular in this city, you can find affordable lodging at the nice but less expensive hotels that may sacrifice location or amenities. Most hotels and hostels will arrange to register you as a foreigner with the police. If you rent an apartment-style accommodation, make sure to check in advance whether or not your host will do so. Without registration, you can stay in Belarus for only five business days.
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