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5 Mar 2021
Lukashenko demands wise approaches to development of Motovelo Lukashenko demands wise approaches to development of Motovelo
“Thrifty approaches to the development of these territories are needed. This is a gold mine. Please no housing here. We need production, high-tech production here,” the Belarusian leader stressed...
4 Mar 2021
Lukashenko presents state awards, rank insignia Lukashenko presents state awards, rank insignia
"Over the years of independence, we have grown into a society that knows very well that the unity and successful future of a nation are underpinned by persistent work, solidarity and mutual assistance. It shouldn't be otherwise"...
2 Mar 2021
Lukashenko unveils details of talks with Putin, responds to speculations Lukashenko unveils details of talks with Putin, responds to speculations
In his words, the meeting with the Russian leader focused on interaction in the Union State, cooperation issues, military and technical cooperation, implementation of joint projects, measures against various threats, including external ones...

Opinions & Interviews rss

5 Mar 2021
Lukashenko wants Belarus to become bicycle-friendly Lukashenko wants Belarus to become bicycle-friendly
I strongly support the promotion of cycling in the country, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he talked with the staff of OAO Motovelo Plant...
5 Mar 2021
Lukashenko wants OAO Motovelo to turn into exemplary enterprise Lukashenko wants OAO Motovelo to turn into exemplary enterprise
"We expect that during this five-year period Motovelo will turn into an exemplary enterprise and will remain an easily recognizable brand for Belarusians as it once was. We must do everything to turn it around,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said...
4 Mar 2021
Minister: Belarusian police prepared for any challenges, threats Minister: Belarusian police prepared for any challenges, threats
“The Belarusian police have already demonstrated their readiness for any challenges and threats,” Ivan Kubrakov said. “I would like to point out that most of the work of the police and internal affairs bodies is not evident. Crimes are not solved easily – this is the result of hard day-to-day work"...

Belarusian People’s Congress rss

18 Feb 2021
Lukashenko: Belarusian People’s Congress gave answers to all questions Lukashenko: Belarusian People’s Congress gave answers to all questions
"It is very important for the further development of our cooperation within the framework of the Union State of Belarus and Russia"...
15 Feb 2021
Former Chinese ambassador emphasizes importance of Belarusian People’s Congress Former Chinese ambassador emphasizes importance of Belarusian People’s Congress
Cui Qiming stressed: "At present China-Belarus comprehensive strategic partnership, which is based on open and honest cooperation, constantly grows deeper while friendship of the two nations grows stronger"...
12 Feb 2021
Lukashenko: We must be united Lukashenko: We must be united
He asked people to carefully analyze all proposals of opponents, to do it without emotions, and to realize consequences. "Let’s think about it, let’s doubt it, let’s do the opposite in some areas"...

Latest press releases rss

5 Mar 2021
Belarus’ COVID-19 update: 1,482 new cases, 1,469 recoveries Belarus’ COVID-19 update: 1,482 new cases, 1,469 recoveries
The nationwide coronavirus tally now stands at 293,103 cases...
5 Mar 2021
Azarenka reaches Doha semifinal with straight-set win Azarenka reaches Doha semifinal with straight-set win
The match lasted for an hour and 20 minutes. In the semifinal the Belarusian will face Spain’s world number 16 Garbine Muguruza...
5 Mar 2021
Belarus 2nd in relay at BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Nove Mesto Belarus 2nd in relay at BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Nove Mesto
Iryna Kryuko, Dzinara Alimbekava, Hanna Sola and Elena Kruchinkina took silver (zero penalties + 9 spare rounds) finishing 1.2 seconds behind the winner...
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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.