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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. Use our Minsk trip itinerary site to visit Island of Tears on your trip to Minsk, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • One of the places of Minsk. Recommend to visit. Around the benches where you can sit and think about the eternal.
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  • Minsk seems to be good at commemorating sad events in their history, and it is a great credit to them that they created this memorial for their fallen soldiers in the Afghanistan conflict (from when t...  more »
  • Huge respect Belarus for what she refers to this page in our common history. On an island is a monument dedicated to the soldiers-internationalists, a statue of an Angel, indicate hot spots in Afghanistan, where served as our war.
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The funky town of Minsk is flooded with cool hotels and chic apartments to rent, many of which can be quite luxurious. Renting an apartment is a great option--and if you are traveling with a group, you can keep the cost per person down. While bed and breakfasts and guesthouses are not quite as popular in this city, you can find affordable lodging at the nice but less expensive hotels that may sacrifice location or amenities. Most hotels and hostels will arrange to register you as a foreigner with the police. If you rent an apartment-style accommodation, make sure to check in advance whether or not your host will do so. Without registration, you can stay in Belarus for only five business days.
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