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Victory Square in Minsk – A True Victory Monument

Minsk Victory Square is one of the capital’s most interesting spots. It’s a perfect place to start your Minsk city tour, and if you do, it will be in the heart of the historic center of Minsk.

I reach Minsk a foggy evening in November. The flight is delayed due to the fog, but I still head toward my first goal on my Belarus vacation – The Victory Square!minsk-victory-square-2

The Victory Square, with its victory monument, is one of the famous landmarks in Minsk. Around victory square, several historic places from the political past are located for example the house was the first congress of Russian Social Democratic Labour Party took place and the flat where president Kennedy’s murder lived for five years. This place is compared to the Red Square in Moscow but on a smaller scale. And even the houses around have slogans from “the Great Patriotic War”.

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If you see all the letters on the buildings they will form the sentence “Heroic deed of the people is immortal”.

The Victory Square is located at the crossing of Independence Avenue and Zakharau Street. Independence Avenue is one of the longest avenues in the world and the true main street in Minsk. You could also drive this road all the way to Moscow without any turnings (around 700 km). And therefore Minsk is called “the gate to Moscow” and has impressing architecture along Independence Avenue.

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Independence Avenue.

Get to Victory Square in Minsk

If you don’t have a car, the easiest way to reach Victory Square is by metro. The station is logically called Victory Square (Плошча Перамогi). And one thing, to the shape, the square is, in fact, a circle nowadays due to reconstruction in 1984 (from oval).

The monument

Most focus is of course on the monument, located in the middle of the square. It looks nowadays really fancy, especially after the re-building in the year 1993 which made the square wider and more impressive.minsk-victory-square-5

The monument was constructed in 1954 to the parole in honor of the soldiers of the Soviet Army and partisans of Belarus The base of the monument have four engraved scenes made by Belarusian artists.

The scenes are the following:

  • 9th May 1945 Victory Day
  • Partisans of Belarus
  • Glory to the fallen heroes
  • Soviet Army during the years of the Great Patriotic War

The monument was constructed before the present roundabout with curved buildings around. They were done in 1958.minsk-victory-square-6

The obelisk erects 40 meters above the surface and is made of granite from Zhytomyr and Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine.

The eternal flame which is seen on many of the pictures was lit for the first time on the 3rd July 1961 and is a complementary symbol to honor the fallen.

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On top, the Order of Victory.

The Order of Victory (a 3-meter high replica of a military decoration on the top) and including bronze reliefs from Leningrad (today’s S:t Petersburg).

The underground memorial hall

To the 40th anniversary of the Victory of the “Great Patriotic War” (Second World War), a new section to the square and monument was added. This section opened on 8th May in 1985. The year before, capsules containing soil from “Soviet Hero Cities” were added in granite blocks on the spot.minsk-victory-square-8

When reaching the monument by foot, you have to pass the memorial hall which is underground. Here you will find the names of 566 natives from Belarus and some other Soviet republics listed on the wall in a warm atmosphere.

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The names.

These names are a selection of people awarded the title “Hero of the Soviet Union” and who fought to liberate Belarus from the Axis. The exhibition is presented by a circular gallery.minsk-victory-square-10

Minsk Victory Square today

The Victory Square is today a busy place. A lot of traffic pass and the main entry to the beautiful city park “Gorky Park” is located here. Among the inhabitants of Minsk, the Victory Square is a popular place to take photos of newly married couples in front of the eternal flame. minsk-victory-square-11

Around the square, you will also find a lot of great examples of Soviet architecture from the 1950s. Enjoy this piece of history.

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