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The capital of Belarus, Minsk, is one of the most fascinating cities in Eastern Europe

The city is popular for its history, equally as it is famous for its Soviet-style architecture and beautiful parks. The city has been rebuilt several times and the most recent after the Second World War when the city was reduced to rubbles.

There is a small make-shift Masjid in Minsk, which is a temporary arrangement on the site of the proposed Masjid in the city. Though small, the Masjid is quite beautiful inside and has a small prayer section for women. There are also a few Islamic organizations in the city.

The city has huge boulevards and big squares. The Old Town area along the Svislach River is tiny but definitely good to explore. Enjoy a relaxing walk along the Svislach River that runs through the heart of the city. The Independence Square is the best starting point to explore the city. The Independence Square is home to the statue of Lenin and the Belarusian University building.

Some of the best pieces of architecture such as the Main Post Office and the GUM department store can be found along the Francyska Skaryny. Close to it is the October Square where you can pay a visit to the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. The Palats Mastatsva or the Art Palace has numerous exhibits showcasing modern art and several antique stalls. The Belarus National Museum of History and Culture should definitely not be missed. The KGB Headquarters is an impressive building in the main shopping district of the city.

Minsk is a wonderful place for shopping. The main street of the city Prospekt Nezavisimosti has some excellent shopping centers. Do not forget to try some shopping at the Dinamo Market; enjoy strolling around the stalls of this market. The best souvenirs to carry back home include hand painted boxes and wool and linen clothes.

The local cuisine in Minsk is quite heavy with a variety of potato dishes, mushrooms and also baked meat. The city centre has some good restaurants. Halal food is difficult to find in the city, but you can always ask the Masjid or locals about halal restaurants.

Minsk can best be explored by buses, trams or subways. These modes of transportation are cheap as well as convenient and reliable. If money isn't a constraint, then renting a car to explore the city is also a good option.

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Belarus Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Minsk

GEOGRAPHY

Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It shares boarders with russia,Ukrain,Poland and Latvia. Belarus has a land area of 207,600 km².

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 9.5 Million. Muslims account for about 0.1% of the population.

CLIMATE

Belarus experience Cool winters and cool moist summers. Its annual average temperature is 5.7 °C (42 °F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Belarusian and Russian are the two official languages.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+2 hrs
GMT+1 Daylight Saving.

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
New years Day: January 1st
Orthodox Christmas : January 7th
International Womens Day: March 8th
Day of Solidarity of workers : May 1st
Day of Victory : May 9th
Independence Day : July 3rd
Christmas : December 25th

CURRENCY

Belarus Ruble

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police: 102
Medical: 103
Fire: 101

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