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19 Feb 2020
Lukashenko meets with Egypt president Lukashenko meets with Egypt president
At present Belarus and Egypt are working on a dozen projects, with half of them in the manufacturing sector...
19 Feb 2020
Lukashenko arrives in Cairo for official visit Lukashenko arrives in Cairo for official visit
On 19 February, Aleksandr Lukashenko will hold talks with Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi...
19 Feb 2020
Lukashenko off to Egypt on official visit Lukashenko off to Egypt on official visit
On 19 February, Aleksandr Lukashenko will hold talks with Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo...

Opinions & Interviews rss

19 Feb 2020
Lukashenko: Belarus, Egypt prioritize joint ventures Lukashenko: Belarus, Egypt prioritize joint ventures
"I am sure that the development of industrial cooperation goes fully in step with the interests of the two countries and helps get access to markets of Egypt’s neighboring African countries, which is very important to us"...
19 Feb 2020
Opinion: World community proved unprepared to combat novel virus together Opinion: World community proved unprepared to combat novel virus together
Having faced the challenge of an epidemic in China that could turn into a pandemic, humanity proved to be unprepared for it...
19 Feb 2020
Experts opine on impact of coronavirus on global market Experts opine on impact of coronavirus on global market
"We can say that the fight for the African continent has begun. Many companies, both European and American, are redeploying their manufacturing facilities from China to Africa"...

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19 Feb 2020
Belarus plans no entry ban for foreigners who visited China Belarus plans no entry ban for foreigners who visited China
“Taking into account the last recommendations of the World Health Organization, we are not considering closing the border”...
18 Feb 2020
Charter flights to connect Brest with resorts in five countries during holiday season Charter flights to connect Brest with resorts in five countries during holiday season
According to the source, the flight schedule for the season is still in development. Flights to all the destinations are being reconciled...
18 Feb 2020
‘War and Peace. Belarus Remembers’ project presented in Minsk ‘War and Peace. Belarus Remembers’ project presented in Minsk
The project provides for setting up exhibitions that illustrate the path of the Belarusian people in the wars from 1812 till 1945, peaceful interwar periods, and modern times...
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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.