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15 Nov 2019
Lukashenko holds meeting to discuss operation of Belarusian yeast factories Lukashenko holds meeting to discuss operation of Belarusian yeast factories
“Today we will discuss one of the issues, which, unfortunately, has to be brought to the level of the presidents. This issue should have been handled in the government long ago”...
15 Nov 2019
Great Stone named world’s fastest-growing industrial park Great Stone named world’s fastest-growing industrial park
“The Great Stone Industrial Park received FEMOZA Awards 2019 in the Fastest Growing Industrial Park nomination. The awards ceremony took place during the World Free and Special Economic Zones Summit in Monaco on 14 November”...
14 Nov 2019
Lukashenko holds meeting to discuss Belarus-Russia border Lukashenko holds meeting to discuss Belarus-Russia border
Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that Belarus honors 100% of its commitments. This pertains to combating illegal trade in narcotic drugs and weapons, illegal migration, and to searching for stolen cars...

Opinions & Interviews rss

14 Nov 2019
China’s experience of development viewed as important for Belarus China’s experience of development viewed as important for Belarus
“The goals of social and economic development of Belarus almost coincide with those of social and economic development of the People's Republic of China. Belarus has entered a period of systemic modernization of its economy”...
14 Nov 2019
Call for equal rights of Belarusian, Russian border guards Call for equal rights of Belarusian, Russian border guards
“The new agreement has to straighten out all the issues. We are equal partners – Russian border guards and Belarusian ones,” Anatoly Lappo continued. “We’ve always honored our Union State commitments and will continue doing so. We’ve never had any complaints. But we demand respect as well”...
13 Nov 2019
Makei unveils Belarus’ foreign policy objectives Makei unveils Belarus’ foreign policy objectives
The minister reiterated that Belarus is “in a tricky and very sensitive situation” as it is located along the borderline between two major geopolitical players – Russia in the east and the European Union in the west...

Belarus parliament elections rss

15 Nov 2019
Leaders of CIS, OSCE election observation missions in Belarus to meet on 17 November
Sergei Lebedev said he plans “to meet with the leaders of the OSCE election observation mission on the election day to share his impressions of the observation on the day of voting”...
15 Nov 2019
CIS mission shares impressions of early voting for Belarus’ parliamentary elections
Long-term observers from eight CIS participating states are monitoring the elections in Belarus. All in all, the CIS mission includes 475 observers deployed all over the country...
15 Nov 2019
Belarus’ elections 2019: Turnout at 19.43% after three days of early voting Belarus’ elections 2019: Turnout at 19.43% after three days of early voting
Early voting kicked off on 12 November to last through 16 November...

Latest press releases rss

15 Nov 2019
ISU World Cup season kicks off in Minsk ISU World Cup season kicks off in Minsk
It is expected that taking part in the competitions will be 250 athletes from 27 countries, including well-known foreign athletes Kjeld Nuis (Netherlands), Martina Sablikova (Czech Republic), Pavel Kulizhnikov (Russia), Brittany Bowe (United States) and many others...
13 Nov 2019
Belarus’ Junior Eurovision delegation to leave for Gliwice on 17 November Belarus’ Junior Eurovision delegation to leave for Gliwice on 17 November
The delegation includes Liza Misnikova, her team and representatives of the Belarusian Television and Radio Company...
13 Nov 2019
Belarus capable of booking some 100 Tokyo Olympic berths Belarus capable of booking some 100 Tokyo Olympic berths
As of 6 November, the Olympic qualifying requirements and standards were met by 63 Belarusian athletes across 51 events in 13 sports...
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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.