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Located in the territory of Smalyavichy Raion but administratively designated to the Kastrychnitski District of Minsk, the Minsk National Airport (MSQ) is the main international airport of the city and of Belarus. The airport lies 42 km to the east of Minsk and serves as a hub for Belavia, the country’s flag carrier, as well as cargo carriers, Rubystar Airways, TransAVIAexport Airlines and Genex. Transport to and from the airport is by bus, car rental or taxi.
It is also the most populated city in the country and is considered one of the most sovietic cities from former SSSR.
Located 120 km southeast of Vilnius and 340 km northeast of Warsaw in Eastern Europe, the city of Minsk was rebuilt during the Soviet period after being largely destroyed in the second world war. The city was also the capital for the former Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic until 1991.
This historic, but modern city features numerous monumental Soviet style buildings and Stalinist architecture, displaying its rich culture, traditions and history.
A clean and modern, progressive city, Minsk has a lot to offer even though it is one of the least visited capitals of Europe. A pleasant and inexpensive city, it offers a cultural scene filled with theatre, ballet, opera and a circus. There are also art galleries, leafy parks, museums, a charming old town and monumental old churches to explore. Visitors will also find a vibrant nightlife in the many nightclubs, impressive restaurants and fashionable cafes in the city.
Formerly known as Lenin Square, the Independence Square in Minsk is one of the largest squares in all of Europe. The square is home to the Church of St. Simon and Helena, the Supreme Soviet of Belarus, Minsk City Hall and St. Helen.
Located in the centre of the city, many visitors begin their walking tour on Independence Avenue and end at the square which also has a huge shopping centre beneath it.
Belarusian cuisine is filled with many tasty dishes and usually have potatoes in their recipes. Some of the foods you would come across in the hospitable capital include, zhurek, a soup typical to both Belarus and Poland. Zhurek is made of dark bread and oats.
There is also the potato pancake known as draniki, which consists mainly of grated potatoes, onions, bacon, meat, cheese and mushrooms. Draniki is usually served with sour cream.
Another famous dish is kletski, which is similar to Russian pelmeni, but with a crescent shape and bigger. Pastry dumplings filled with meat, kletski can be added to soup, or served with roasted onions and sour cream.