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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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  • Eat with Minsk one unique place. Svisloch River is a small island, where you can get by a beautiful bridge. There is a memorial dedicated to the memory of the dead in Afghanistan. In the centre there is a small chapel, which is located around the main monument. Towards the rise of the mother of fallen soldiers. Nearby a small sculpture of a crying Angel. Everything is filled with sorrow. Amazing place!
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  • The island of courage and sorrow is dedicated to soldiers-internationalists Belarusians perished in Afghanistan, like emulating the soul saw in Ulan-Ude. Located on an artificial island in Minsk. The war involved over 30000 inhabitants of long-suffering.
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  • In-country of tears went straight to my heart. An incredibly beautiful monument in memory of the young men who died in Afghanistan. The women expresses so much grief, though the monument is easily performed. I visited the two aisles, once in the evening and the next day in the morning when the Sun was shining. It's a place you can sit down and just let the ideas fly off. A beautiful place you should not miss in Minsk.
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