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28 May 2020
Belarus president underlines importance of keeping people employed Belarus president underlines importance of keeping people employed
Aleksandr Lukashenko said he believes that one can and should support the people taking into account specific situations “maybe for a couple of months until the global economy recovers”...
28 May 2020
Lukashenko sends Border Guard Day greetings to border guard community Lukashenko sends Border Guard Day greetings to border guard community
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that the border guard service is one of the most prestigious and responsible types of military service. This service is only for real patriots who know the true meaning of the words loyalty and military duty...
26 May 2020
Wages in budget-funded organizations in focus of Belarus president Wages in budget-funded organizations in focus of Belarus president
At the same time, he if a decision on the assistance is taken, this assistance should not be based on the one-size-fits-all approach, the president siad. It is important to determine the categories of citizens and workers who really need it...

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28 May 2020
Serbian ambassador: Belarus will be forever in my heart Serbian ambassador: Belarus will be forever in my heart
The ambassador said that he fell in love with Belarus and its people, and added that it is with great regret he is ending his ambassadorship in the country...
28 May 2020
Lukashenko’s contribution to Belarus-Serbia cooperation described as historic Lukashenko’s contribution to Belarus-Serbia cooperation described as historic
In 2019 Belarus-Serbia trade totaled $148.6 million (100.4% as against 2018), with export at $80.6 million and import at $68 million...
25 May 2020
Lukashenko compares coronavirus pandemic and mid-1990s Lukashenko compares coronavirus pandemic and mid-1990s
Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed that he considers the current times difficult not because of the pandemic and the spread of the virus, but because of the pressure from all sides amid this situation...

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28 May 2020
Over 16,600 COVID-19 patients recover in Belarus Over 16,600 COVID-19 patients recover in Belarus
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 39,858 people...
28 May 2020
Belarus MFA launches campaign to mark Children’s Day Belarus MFA launches campaign to mark Children’s Day
On this day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites everyone to post photos from their childhood with a short story about their childhood dreams under a single hashtag #Razamzdzetsmi...
27 May 2020
Belarus’ coronavirus latest: 15,923 patients recover Belarus’ coronavirus latest: 15,923 patients recover
As many as 38,956 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country...
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Birds-eye-view of Belarus: Impregnable and mysterious Lida Castle

With its massive defensive walls made from red brick and rubble, and loophole towers overlooking the entire city, this medieval fortification is steeped in history and legend. This castle has been a witness to many centuries of Belarusian history, which makes it a unique historical site. Here is a birds-eye-view of Lida Castle.

The construction of the fortified castle in Lida began in 1323 upon the order of Grand Duke Hiedymin. Back then the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was frequently threatened by the Crusaders; therefore a powerful citadel along the Novogrudok-Krevo-Medniki-Troki line of defense was supposed to block access to the country’s rear. As time went by, an entire town rose up around the ramparts of the castle. This town came to play an important role in Medieval Europe. In 1422 the castle hosted the marriage of 71-year-old Jogaila, King of Poland, and 17-year-old Princess Sophia of Golshany, the founders of the Jagiellon dynasty whose descendants still reign in Europe. This formidable castle withstood numerous onslaughts, destruction, desolation and was restored to their original shape thanks to painstaking restoration effort. Today Lida Castle is among the most popular tourist sites in Belarus. It hosts history re-enactment events, knights tournaments, a theatrical show re-enacting the royal wedding and the Lida Castle Sward medieval festival. A fascinating exposition opened on five levels of the Vitaut Tower. Another tower, which was named after the castle founder Hiedymin, will re-open after restoration in the near future.