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National Library of Belarus, Minsk

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Climb the observation deck at National Library of Belarus and get a panoramic view of Minsk. A diamond-shaped 23-story glass building symbolizes the value of knowledge stored in books. The library houses the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials and the third-largest collection of books printed in Russian. Light shows play across the building's facade at night. Amenities include reading rooms, library carrels, an Internet center, a children’s room, cloakrooms, and a fitness center. Our Minsk vacation generator makes visiting National Library of Belarus and other Minsk attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This is a very strange and in my view ugly looking building.I was told by a friend from the area that it is shaped like a diamond.  more »
  • Beautiful glass building with worked architecture (big glass rubicube) with incredible lighting in the evening with sometimes very impressive lighting effects  more »
  • Impressive looking building that's nicely situated in a green area. You can walk around and also have a look inside (in the library as well as on the observation deck). Recommended to have a look.  more »

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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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