Iconic Minsk Victory Square is both a famous tourist attraction in Belarus and a place of pilgrimage for Belarusians remembering those who died in the Great Patriotic War (World War 2)
One of the most important places in Belarus, Minsk Victory Square (ploshchad Pobedy) is dominated by the huge 40m obelisk, a memorial to the country’s war dead.
Previously known as The Circus, Victory Square was renamed and made into a memorial in 1954 when the obelisk was erected.
Around the base of the monument were placed four scenes engraved by Belarusian sculptors, depicting:
On 3rd July 1961 an eternal flame was lit at the base of the obelisk.
Minsk Victory Square today is a place of pilgrimage for the people of Belarus wishing to remember the millions that died in the Great Patriotic War (World War 2). Many newly married couples stop off at the eternal flame to take a special wedding-day photograph.
You can find out more about the history of Minsk Victory Square and its role in Belarusian history in the museum under the square.
Around the square you can see beautiful examples of 1950s architecture.
The main entrance to famous Gorky Park is on Victory Square.
Victory Square is easily accessible on foot from the city centre. You can also get here by metro – Ploshchad Pobedy metro station is located right on the square.
There are many hotels in Minsk, ranging from newly-built 5-star luxury hotels to budget hostels, where prices start at around 20 USD a night.
Exploring the city on foot? There are lots of important places to see in Minsk including:
Ideas for day-trips from the city: