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3 Jul 2020
Lukashenko takes part in patriotic procession in Minsk Lukashenko takes part in patriotic procession in Minsk
The procession is going along Independence Avenue towards Victory Square...
3 Jul 2020
Belarus celebrates Independence Day Belarus celebrates Independence Day
The decision to celebrate Independence Day on 3 July was adopted during a nationwide referendum on 24 November 1996...
2 Jul 2020
Lukashenko awards distinguished Belarusians Lukashenko awards distinguished Belarusians
"First, you are honored with state awards in recognition of professional achievements which glorify our Belarus and add bright and memorable pages to its modern chronicle"...

Presidential election 2020 in Belarus rss

2 Jul 2020
Lebedev: CIS will send observers to Belarus if epidemiological situation permits Lebedev: CIS will send observers to Belarus if epidemiological situation permits
"We are aware that the Belarusian authorities are ready to invite observers from the CIS and the OSCE/ODIHR to monitor the upcoming elections. We heard such statements. But we understand that the decision is difficult to make given the pandemic"...
30 Jun 2020
Belarus’ CEC reveals verified candidate nomination signature totals Belarus’ CEC reveals verified candidate nomination signature totals
Election commissions had ten days to verify the signatures submitted by the initiative groups. Potential candidates are supposed to present documents, which are required for their registration, to the Central Election Commission from 20 June through 4 July...
29 Jun 2020
Lukashenko: Election will be interesting, post-election period even more so Lukashenko: Election will be interesting, post-election period even more so
The president noted that he is worried about the country and he is responsible for the calm and peace in the state, therefore preemptive actions are taken...

Opinions & Interviews rss

3 Jul 2020
Ambassador: Independence, sovereignty important for every country Ambassador: Independence, sovereignty important for every country
The diplomat wished Happy Independence Day to all residents of Belarus...
3 Jul 2020
Lukashenko urges Belarusians to take care of the country Lukashenko urges Belarusians to take care of the country
"Everything will be fine. We do not need what does not belong to us, but we will not give up our own"...
3 Jul 2020
Lukashenko: As long as people commemorate war victims they will be shielded against misfortunes Lukashenko: As long as people commemorate war victims they will be shielded against misfortunes
The head of state urged citizens, wherever they are - in a small village, a small town, regional centers or the capital of Belarus, to always stop by tiny monuments or majestic obelisks when passing by...

Latest press releases rss

3 Jul 2020
49,909 coronavirus recoveries reported in Belarus 49,909 coronavirus recoveries reported in Belarus
As many as 62,997 people with a positive test for COVID-19 are registered in Belarus...
3 Jul 2020
New museum exposition opens in Brest Fortress New museum exposition opens in Brest Fortress
The new museum was set up in the casemates of the Kobrin fortification barracks...
2 Jul 2020
Belarus reports 48,738 coronavirus recoveries Belarus reports 48,738 coronavirus recoveries
The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases reached 62,698 people...
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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.