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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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  • I advise to visit with children. To tears and coma in the throat. Thanks to the creators of a Memorial-it is difficult to come up with something more majestic.
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  • It's located in a beautiful place at Nemiga metro station, near another attraction, the Trinity Suburbs. It is also by the river, where you can take a catamaran ride in the summers. A lovely place to ...  read more »
  • found this monument while on a walk around the lake near the old town of Minsk. It's quite lovely. Worth the short walk across the bridge to view. 
  • The Isle of Tears is a monument for the soldiers from Belarus who died in foreign wars and the centrepiece is a temple that features grieving mothers, wives and sisters. The names of the 771 soldiers who died in the Afghanistan war (1979 to 1988) are inscribed inside. In the centre soil from a number of the graves and from a battlefield in in Afghanistan is sealed in a capsule. On the plaque near the temple laid in 1991 it says "This Temple and Memorial was erected to the Sons who died in Afghanistan on the instruction of Belarusian mothers who want no evil to reign in their native land or in any other land” but when the monument opened in 1996 it was for all Belarusian soldiers who had lost their lives overseas. Nearby is a guardian angel that cries constantly as he was unable to protect the soldiers from death. The area is popular with newlyweds who often visit war memorials on their wedding day to pay homage to those who have fallen in war and at this memorial it is a belief that if the bride rubs the angels genitals it guarantees them children.
  • A monument for mothers of soldiers who died in Afghanistan war
  • A good place of memory
  • Here is a very nicely done and arranged space. Somehow does not fit with the original idea-the island of tears. Rather the island with romantic scenery.
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  • If you omit the essence-the place is very pleasant, soothing. Stunning views of the Svislač, the Trinity suburb. The promenade at sunset summer day is amazing.
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