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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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  • A very beautiful landscape. The island is ideally entered in the bend of the river Svisloch. Near Trinity suburb. Sunsets and sunrises unrealistic beauty observed from here. Simply enjoy without ideological load ...
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  • While in Minsk, be sure to visit "the island of tears", the breath freezes, a very strong place, makes us think, comprehend, remember, this is a must see)
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  • One of the strongest impressions from Minsk, this place. For the first time in my life I saw a domed Temple, where the wind walks and makes beat Bell as eternal memory to those who have fallen in the senseless and bloody slaughter of the war in Afghanistan. A very strong place of bereavement, grief, memory and understanding of how fragile life is and how it is valuable!
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