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Island of Tears, Minsk

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At Island of Tears, a sculpture of a guardian angel cries for Belarusian soldiers who died in the war in Afghanistan. Cross a flying arch bridge to get to the artificial island, also known as the "island of courage and sorrow." You'll see a large boulder with a bronze icon of the Mother of God at its entrance. In the center of the island is a memorial chapel surrounded by statues of mourning widows, mothers, and sisters. There are more than 770 names of Belarusians who died in Afghanistan inscribed on the walls of the chapel. The island’s surface is uneven; the many stones are meant to represent Afghan mountains. Willows, leaning over the water, symbolize sorrow. Use our Minsk trip itinerary site to visit Island of Tears on your trip to Minsk, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The island is really tiny. Is located in the city. You have a very good view from there. But nothing more.
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  • Very few people know this place and if you do not know any passerby when handling will show or objasnit how to get there. I believe that if the guest was not on the island of tears, it was not in Minsk. It really is an island and there leads bridge, where the newlyweds leave their locks, and through which the groom should defer bride at the island green lawns which are very interesting to being photographed, surrounded by water and on the background of old city which is called the Trinity suburb, just as there is a monument on the island avgancam and Manneken Pis (say if you hold out for causal budet"tebe the place of happiness"), I personally believe that there is worth at least bring little but a bunch of flowers to the glory of the heroes. Attraction of the very famous and I recommend to visit necessarily.
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  • Despite being a now sober and with a sad story, is a beautiful monument and is located in a beautiful location, with a beautiful view. Is very close to several other monuments in minsk.
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  • This is a memorial for the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Soviet war with Afghanistan. The war lasted for nine years and the Soviets eventually lost. Hundreds of soldiers died in the skirmishes and this monument seeks to commemorate them. It is located on an island created in the Svislach river. The main structure here is shaped like a chapel and is open on all sides. Surrounding this monument are statues of women and children in mourning, said to represent the families of the soldiers who died. Inside the monument, the names of the martyrs are engraved in the walls. This is one of the few monuments in the world that was built in a country that lost the war commemorated by the structure. There is a statue of a crying guardian angel in the memorial complex that is said to be disheartened as it failed to protect the Belarusian soldiers. If you look closely, you will see water dripping down from the figure’s eyes into the pool below. Overall the atmosphere here is quite serious and nostalgic, but it is worth a visit to spend some quite time in Minsk.
  • While I've been here, I felt sad , this place is a man made island attached to the historic Trinity district of Minsk by a footbridge, dedicated to the soldiers who perished in the conflict involving Soviet forces in Afghanistan .Built at the end of the war in 1988, the island's focal point is a small chapel surrounded by statues of those who were left to mourn the dead - widows, mothers, sisters. Inside the names of over 700 Belarusian soldiers who died in the war are inscribed. You'll also find a statue of a young guardian angel who continues to literally shed tears for those lost in violent conflict worldwide.
  • While in Minsk, be sure to visit the island of tears. you have it only takes a few minutes, but the place is very remarkable, touching and picturesque. a worthy monument to the memory of Belarusian soldiers-internationalists, who died during the war in Afghanistan, revered by the people
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  • Rough Ensign from the Department of conservation. Around mud huts scraps of newspapers. Out of the huts as out of hours cuckoo, one need only approach her. Place of memory and grief turns into a warm season in place of rest and love.
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  • Memorial Park on a man-made island on the river Svisloch. Several monuments. A small park. The place is not entertaining. A place of memory and mourning.
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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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