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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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  • The island is situated across from the Double Tree hotel and is near the old town. it had a great surrounding lake view and it is fairly peaceful. It is worth a quick walk if you are near by. We staye...  more »
  • Stung to tears. Guys were killed, not even defending their homeland. Very bitter. But the memory of them need. The monument very staggering. Feel maternal pain, grief, desperate sorrow in poses, the faces of these women. Place of grief and remembrance amongst the bustle of the city. Recommend to visit.
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  • One of the first places I visited upon arriving in Minsk, this memorial to the fallen of the Russian-Afghan War from 1979-89 is stark, emotive, and lingering. The faces of those who have lost their lo...  more »