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18 Oct 2019
Lukashenko wants Belarus to remain free, independent Lukashenko wants Belarus to remain free, independent
“I would never want to see our country oppressed ever again in our history. I want Belarusians to rule the country and shape its future. This is the main thing we need to preserve. We will buy everything else," the Belarusian leader said...
18 Oct 2019
Lukashenko sets goals before Belarus’ Academy of Public Administration Lukashenko sets goals before Belarus’ Academy of Public Administration
“The world is changing. So is the society. Requirements to modern leaders get tougher. This means that the system needs new executives, people with leadership qualities and a strong vision for the country’s future, highly-motivated and aiming for high results,” the Belarusian leader said...
17 Oct 2019
Lukashenko suggests new projects to Russia’s Novgorod Oblast Lukashenko suggests new projects to Russia’s Novgorod Oblast
The president stated that cooperation with Russian regions is high on Belarus’ agenda. “Some (or maybe, many) in Moscow are concerned about our frequent meetings with heads of Russian regions. There is no conspiracy here”...

Opinions & Interviews rss

18 Oct 2019
Lukashenko: Time to actively involve youth in country’s political life Lukashenko: Time to actively involve youth in country’s political life
“Almost a third of our citizens – around three million people – were born in sovereign Belarus. They are young people who look at the world from the perspective of a citizen of an independent European state”...
18 Oct 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus creates sustainable governance model Lukashenko: Belarus creates sustainable governance model
“Over the past quarter of a century, we have created a sustainable governance model that is stable in its core points. They are simple and understandable to everyone: the sovereignty of our country, the well-being of citizens and fair treatment of people, the unity of society”...
18 Oct 2019
Lukashenko: Belarus needs proactive, competent, ambitious executives
According to the head of state, the procedure of selecting future students and listeners of the Academy of Public Administration is very important as they will have to use their knowledge and skills for the resolution of pending issues...

Belarus parliament elections rss

18 Oct 2019
Lukashenko: I would not have become president without parliamentary experience Lukashenko: I would not have become president without parliamentary experience
“The parliament is a very serious school of future executives. I would have never become president if I had not been elected to the parliament. I’ve learned so much there”...
18 Oct 2019
558 parliamentary candidates registered in Belarus 558 parliamentary candidates registered in Belarus
Five candidates are running for one seat on average. The House of Representatives is elected through a majoritarian system in 110 single-mandate districts...
17 Oct 2019
Opinion: People’s active participation in elections secures country’s sovereignty Opinion: People’s active participation in elections secures country’s sovereignty
According to Andrei Klishas, “people’s active participation in elections is the only efficient way to protect sovereignty.” “When people take an active part in defining their future, external influence on the state’s political life will be minimal,” he said...

Latest press releases rss

18 Oct 2019
Belarus’ Botanical Garden invites for Celtic festival on 26 October Belarus’ Botanical Garden invites for Celtic festival on 26 October
There will be entertainments for everyone. Visitors will be offered a concert, interactive venues, photo zones, a fire show, Irish dances, Games of Highlanders, meetings with druids and Scottish pipers, and a big market of handmade goods...
17 Oct 2019
Minsk Days in Shanghai in November 2019, in Beijing in 2020 Minsk Days in Shanghai in November 2019, in Beijing in 2020
The Belarusian capital will host Belgrade Days, Shanghai Days, and Saint Petersburg Days in 2020...
16 Oct 2019
Institute of Belarus Research opens in China Institute of Belarus Research opens in China
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to China Kirill Rudy and Deputy Governor of Gansu Province Zhang Shengzhen attended the opening ceremony...
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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.