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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. Arrange to visit Island of Tears and other attractions in Minsk using our Minsk trip itinerary builder.
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  • It is sad that there are such places, but they do not allow us to forget the most terrible event in our country. BOB.
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  • In the fighting in Afghanistan more than 30 thousand. Belarusians. The official name of the Memorial is "island of courage and sorrow", as the locals call it "the Island of tears". In front of the entrance lies a stone Boulder in a niche which is a bronze sculpture of the mother of God and a sign with the following text: "Sons killed in Afghanistan". The inner surface of the walls and the dome of the temple painted scenes on biblical themes. From the dome to the ground stretch metal strings, symbolizing the relationship between earthly and eternal. When gusts of wind they make sad sounds. Still near the Temple a figure crying guardian angel, not uberegshego his ward from death. All very moving, beautiful and sad. I advise everyone to visit.
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  • This is one of the most beautiful memorials I have visited, dedicated to those who lost their lives in the ill-fated Afghanistan war. From the weeping angel to the sad mother figures of the memorial, ...  more »