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Places of interest in Belarus

Lida Castle
Lida Castle

The most captivating places of interest in Belarus include surprising castles and family manors, magnificent temples and monasteries, unique nooks of pristine nature, ancient engineering constructions, interesting museums and ethnographic villages, birthplaces of famous painters, writers, and scientists…

You can learn about the key places of interest of all the regions of Belarus, can get familiar with interesting facts and figures, can study the intriguing history and compile your own travel itinerary for the hospitable country in the center of Europe.

Brest Oblast

Brest Fortress

The south-western region of Belarus called "the country’s first bastion" is famous for its unique historical sites and natural monuments. These monuments include the legendary Brest Fortress, the heroic history of which is well known all over the world, the oldest European forest Belovezhskaya Pushcha with majestic aurochs, the points of the Struve Arc that is the largest geodetic instrument on the planet and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the 13th-century wooden town discovered by archaeologists, and the gorgeous palaces in Ruzhany and Kossovo. Brest Oblast gave birth to the national hero of three countries Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The Dostoyevskys' family estate also used to be situated here. 

Brest Oblast Landmarks  

Vitebsk Oblast

Monastery of Our Savior and St. Euphrosyne in PolotskThe legendary land of blue lakes, ancient towns and ancient monuments where such names as Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Frantsisk Skorina, Marc Chagall, Zhores Alferov, Ivan Chersky, Lev Vygotsky came from… It was Vitebsk Oblast where the internationally recognized avant gardist Kazimir Malevich wrote his key work on suprematism, where the talented artist Ilya Repin created nearly 40 paintings and drawings. Vitebsk Oblast is home to unique natural landmarks that include Braslav Lakes National Park famous for hundreds of picturesque lakes and islands and Yelnya Landscape Reserve  with some of Europe’s biggest peat bogs and glacial lakes.

Vitebsk Oblast Landmarks

Grodno Oblast

Mir CastleThe western region of Belarus Grodno Oblast is famous for its castles and palaces of renowned European dynasties, magnificent temples of various denominations and the surprisingly picturesque nature. It is home to over 1,500 specimens of history and culture, including the world heritage: the castle complex Mir, the Struve Arc, part of the wildlife sanctuary Belovezhskaya Pushcha… In the ancient town of Novogrudok the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was born. Important events of Belarusian history took place in Krevo. The royal city of Grodno is still a unique architectural pearl of Belarus…

Grodno Oblast Landmarks

Gomel Oblast

Palace of the Rumyantsevs and the Paskeviches in GomelThe amazing Belarusian Polesie that covers the modern-day Gomel and Brest regions has been known since ancient times. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote about the mysterious country Nevrida and a big sea located there. Probably it was the flooded Pripyat River Valley or it was really a sea, which is evidenced by seashells and ancient deposits of salts found in these places... The Pripyatsky National Park is known for the wilderness reminiscent of the jungles, unique floodplain oak forests and richest fauna. In the center of the park there is Turov, the oldest East Slavic town. Other landmarks of Gomel Oblast include the Rumyantsevs and Paskevichs palace in Gomel, Vetka also known as “the town of Old Believers", the ancient Mozyr, Rechitsa and Chechersk which make part of the Golden Ring of the Gomel Oblast route.

Gomel Oblast Landmarks

Minsk Oblast

Nesvizh PalaceMinsk Oblast is the biggest province in Belarus, the only one that borders on no neighboring countries, a region with a great industrial and scientific potential yet featuring a trove of interesting ancient history. The most prominent places of interest in Minsk Oblast include the internationally recognized Nesvizh Palace of the Radziwills family, a Catholic church of the Bernardians in Budslav, the ancient towns of Zaslavl, Borisov, Slutsk, Molodechno, Myadel, the national park Narochansky. At the crossroads of European ways Minsk Oblast has seen major wars and tragic events of the world. Tourists can now remember those events in the Brilyovskoye field near the Berezina River, Khatyn, Trostenets, the Glory Mound, Stalin’s Line… Minsk Oblast is home to the country’s top alpine skiing resorts and Olympic sport training facilities.

Minsk Oblast Landmarks

Places to see in Minsk

Mogilev Oblast 

Bykhov CastleThe famous trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks passed through the eastern lands of Belarus centuries ago. The Dnieper, one of Europe’s biggest rivers, was part of this route. Several towns sprung up along the route in the 12th-13th centuries. Among them are Mstislavl (1135), Krichev and Propoisk (Slavgorod) (1136), and Mogilev (1267)… Later on Mogilev Province was greatly fancied by Russian emperors: Catherine the Great gifted local mansions to her favorites, and Nicholas II ordered to set up the General Headquarters in Mogilev during the First World War. The places of interest of the region include wonderful architectural monuments of Mogilev that survived from the imperial times, the 17th-century castle and the unique synagogue in Bykhov, the palace and park ensemble in Zhilichi, Potemkin’s Palace in Krichev, the Holy Assumption Monastery in Pustynki, the ancient Mstislavl, Bobruisk Fortress…   

Mogilev Oblast Landmarks

Great Patriotic War monuments in Belarus