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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 may at first seem like just another small island in a park, but I felt it was a very touching place indeed, taking in account the story behind it. Some advance reading highly recommended to truly a...  more »
  • We visited on a bright sunny day and it was a very moving experience, a must see in Minsk! Great views of the city from here.  more »
  • Just a small chapel and some statues. The island is very clean though but not very interesting. It was built in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the 2nd world war .The mothers of these s...  more »

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