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Minsk’s Upper Town: Where Angels Fear to Tread

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A January 2006 trip to Minsk by Mutt

Verkhny Garad Cathedral Photo, Minsk, Belarus More Photos
Quote: Minsk is undoubtedly a God-forsaken place, although whether this is because angels actually fear to tread here or simply can’t get a visa remains open to debate, however with a little perseverance, even here, relics of the city’s glorious past can be uncovered.

Minsk’s Upper Town: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Overview

Icon of the Blessed Virgin of Minsk Photo, Minsk, Belarus
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Minsk’s few remaining historic buildings cluster around the handful of surviving churches that cling grimly to the small hill in the center of the old town that seems to have protected them just as well from the architectural purges of Stalin as it once did from the seasonal floods of the Svisloch River. The architecturally anomalous Holy Spirit Cathedral and its attached monastery complex dominate all with a unique Vilna-Baroque façade and a prime position on the very summit of the upper town. Equally worth looking out for are the Virgin Mary Catholic Church with its attached former Jesuit College and the heavily fortified Saints Peter and ...Read More

Rakovsky Brovar

Restaurant

Rakovsky Brovar Photo, Minsk, Belarus
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Hidden away behind the nasty Stalinistic concrete-constructions that line vul Njamiha (Nemiga Street) in a quiet residential area of the Zamchische (Old Castle) district is this quaint little bar/restaurant. The atmosphere is light but stifled and completely lacking in spontaneity, in other words it is Eastern European. The staff are attractive but look bored and are completely lacking in even a basic understanding in service culture, in other words they are Eastern European. The food is hearty but is overpriced and completely lacking in any flavour other than salt, in other words it is Eastern European. And as for the beer, ah well, that’s another story and it’s definitely not East...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Rakovsky Brovar
Vul Vitsebskaja 10
Minsk
017 206 6404

Verkhny Garad (The Upper Town)

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Attraction

Verkhny Garad (The Upper Town)  Photo, Minsk, Belarus
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The inspiring Holy Spirit Orthodox Cathedral that dominates Verkhny Garad (Upper Town) almost completely obscures the quaint little City Hall building that lies at the heart of this ancient districtThe City Hall dates back to the 16th century and was renovated many times before achieving its current neoclassical appearance in the 19th century. Over the years it housed the town council, legal courts, guardhouse, archives and even a theatre before finally being demolished in the Stalinist reconstructions of the 1950’s. In 2003 the plans and old photographs were dug-up and the architect S. Baglassov set about reconstruction. The reborn building features a magnif...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Verkhny Garad (The Upper Town)
Pl. Svaboda, Verkhny Garad
Minsk

Verkhny Garad Cathedral

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Attraction

Verkhny Garad Cathedral Photo, Minsk, Belarus
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High on the hill towering over the rest of the Verkhny Garad (Upper Town), and much that lies below, is the magnificent Holy Spirit Monastery originally founded in the 16th century.The complex passed to the Uniate Cloistered Basilian Order in the early 17th century who rebuilt the entire monastery in stone around a basic courtyard design (elements of which remain to this day). The monastery was closed by the Czar in 1795 and the buildings handed over to the Nobility College of Minsk who in 1803 opened it as the city’s first gymnasium for boys. Alumni include nationalist poet and explorer T. Zan (1796-1855), composer S. Moniushko (1819-1872), nationalis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 1, 2006

Verkhny Garad Cathedral
Pl. Svaboda, Verkhny Garad
Minsk

Church of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox

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Hotel | "Zamchische (Old Castle)"

Church of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Photo, Minsk, Belarus
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Sweeping passed the foot of Verkhny Garad (Upper Town) the busy overpass next to the Njamiha Metro Station marks the ancient heart of the city where from the 12th century onwards the town market was held on a square built over the logged-up mouth of the Njamiha River. This area is still sometime referred to by its old name of Zamchische (Old Castle) named after the great walled citadel that once stood here between the two branches of the Njamiha, one of which (now gone) flowed into the Svisloch at the site of the Palace of Sports while the other (now underground) joins at the raised embankment near the metro station, which marked the very boundaries of the ancient fort...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2006

Church of Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox

Minsk

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