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City Hall (Ratusha), Vitebsk

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Learn about regional history by exploring archaeological remains, numismatics, ancient weapons, and Masonic items in the Local Lore Museum at City Hall (Ratusha). The building itself has a colorful history--it served as a watchtower, a court, and a bank. It also hosted the city administrative board. Enter the foyer and see a 2 m (6.5 ft) tall bronze coat of arms of Vitebsk--placed as a memorial to partisans who were hanged in front of the hall during World War II. The museum features nearly 200,000 artifacts. Look for a 13th-century birch-bark letter, a 17th-century silver knight’s belt, and 19th-century weapons from the Napoleonic Wars. Put City Hall (Ratusha) into our Vitebsk Region vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Exhibitions always arranged perfectly. Using the latest equipment. You can always order Guide. My former students like these trips to the Museum. You can organize lesson-tour. Often pass commemorative exhibitions.
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  • Vitebsk coat of arms can be seen in the foyer of the Museum, which is just located in the former Town Hall. Before reconstruction it towered on the façade of the building, and now worth prislonjonnyj to the wall. The most surprising thing is that the coat of arms of Vitebsk-the image of Jesus Christ in profile, which in itself is a rarity, moreover, the expression "your words to God's ears" here assume real meaning: anyone can make a cherished desire straight into the ear (more on this amazing tour guide told Druzhkova Ksenia Vasilyevna). The exposition devoted to the occupation and Liberation of Vitebsk will leave nobody indifferent. In fact, the city recovered from the ashes. Enormous casualties and civilian casualties, and the military. Among the visitors, many parents with children. Well, that memory is not interrupted.
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  • Wonderful city and location. All Benevolent, nobody is in a hurry. Always tell you how and where to go.
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