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17 Jan 2020
Distinguished Belarusians honored with state awards Distinguished Belarusians honored with state awards
The awards ceremony at the Palace of Independence was attended by about 40 representatives of various professions...
16 Jan 2020
Belarus interested in expanding cooperation with Latvia Belarus interested in expanding cooperation with Latvia
"In contrast to other Baltic states, the backdrop of cooperation between our countries is very good. I assume that we should use this moment to bolster our cooperation"...
14 Jan 2020
Lukashenko: People will remain in focus of state economic policy Lukashenko: People will remain in focus of state economic policy
The principles of the state economic policy will remain unchanged; people will always be at the heart of this policy, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting with senior members of the Council of Ministers...

Opinions & Interviews rss

16 Jan 2020
Good opportunities for Latvian business in China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone Good opportunities for Latvian business in China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone
Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas and Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins visited the China-Belarus industrial park Great Stone...
16 Jan 2020
Latvia to facilitate border crossing during 2021 IIHF WC Latvia to facilitate border crossing during 2021 IIHF WC
"Latvia is part of the Schengen area, so we cannot make any decisions on our own that are at odds with the system. As for building up the capacities at checkpoints, we are already working on this"...
16 Jan 2020
PM: Latvia wants to see Belarus independent, stable PM: Latvia wants to see Belarus independent, stable
“It is important for us to see an independent, stable and prosperous Belarus," the prime minister said. He touched on the preparations for Aleksandr Lukashenko's visit to Latvia, adding that Riga is expecting him on 3 April if this date is convenient for the Belarusian side...

Belarus parliament elections rss

5 Dec 2019
Lukashenko gives his take on new parliament, recent elections Lukashenko gives his take on new parliament, recent elections
“The recent parliamentary elections saw genuine competition. There were even more candidates this time than in the previous election campaign”...
5 Dec 2019
Lukashenko warns new parliament about hard times ahead Lukashenko warns new parliament about hard times ahead
According to the head of state, the task of the new parliament is to build on the existing economic policy, ensure sustainable development of the Belarusian state, economic growth and improvement of living standards of people...
3 Dec 2019
Lukashenko comments on opposition-free parliament in Belarus Lukashenko comments on opposition-free parliament in Belarus
"We have recently held parliamentary elections in Belarus. Believe me, there cannot be more democratic and free elections in Belarus. I guess we just cannot hold elections in a better way. We tried our best to find favor with our sponsors and supporters in the East and also in the European Union"...

Latest press releases rss

17 Jan 2020
Belarusian children's technopark to open in January 2021 Belarusian children's technopark to open in January 2021
Plans are in place to set up 15 innovative laboratories in the national children’s technopark in robotics, aerospace, green chemistry, engineering ecology and biology...
17 Jan 2020
Belarus National Art Museum to host visual art festival on 1 February Belarus National Art Museum to host visual art festival on 1 February
The festival is a kind of experiment, an attempt to capture the current state of Belarusian art not only in the form of a traditional exposition...
16 Jan 2020
Belarusian scientists design world’s first all-season atmospheric lidar Belarusian scientists design world’s first all-season atmospheric lidar
“This year we’ve finished the development of a container-type atmospheric lidar. It is supposed to be shipped to Antarctica at the end of the year. The device will help our scientists study the atmosphere. It will be the world’s first all-season lidar”...
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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.