Photos Minsk
Photos Minsk

Photos - Minsk

We started our 2006 grand journey in the former Soviet Republic Belarus and stayed in Minsk for a couple of days before taking the night train to Kiev. Minsk is a typical Soviet Republic capital with grand Stalinist Neo Classical architecture and many Soviet era monuments, museums, warehouses and restaurants. We spend almost all our time in Minsk walking trough the city centre and shot many interesting photos.

Belarus is one of the former Soviet republics were the least has changed since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Economic reform has been minimal, statues of Lenin, Kalinin and KGB founder Dzerzhinsky are still standing and the president is a dictator in true Soviet fashion. Minsk was totally destroyed after World War II, so almost all of the architecture is from the communist era. Soviet style propaganda promoting president Lukashenko, the Army or the heroic workers of Belarus are seen everywhere in the streets of Minsk. So no wonder that Comtourist decided to spend a couple of day’s in Minsk before touring the Ukraine in 2006. It turned out to be an excellent decision, not only is Minsk a beautiful city in grand Stalinist Neo Classical style, the people are also very friendly and hospitable to foreign tourists. We had a couple of fund days in Minsk and were sure to return to Belarus one time to see a bid more of the country!

Minsk - Tupolev Tu-154

Baggage offloading of a Belavia Tupolev Tu-154 at Minsk airport

Minsk - AirBaltic Fokker 50

AirBaltic Fokker 50 at with many Il-76 aircraft in the background

Minsk - Ilyushin Il-76

Five Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft seen from behind at Minsk airport

Minsk - Tupolev Tu-154

Belavia Tupolev Tu-154 taxiing on Minsk airport in Belarus

Minsk - Minsk Airport terminal

Inside the Soviet era passengers terminal of Minsk Airport

Minsk - Minsk Airport customs

Long waiting times at the customs at Minsk International Airport

Minsk - AirBaltic Fokker 50

Getting of the AirBaltic Fokker 50 on Minsk Airport in Belarus

Minsk - Belarus hotel

The giant Soviet era Belarus Hotel in where we stayed in Minsk

Minsk - Belarus hotel

Hallway in the Belarus Hotel with ladies doing the administration

Minsk - Belarus hotel

Hotel room with classic Soviet furniture in the Belarus Hotel

Minsk - Belarus hotel

Minsk Belarus Hotel Swimming pool with fantastic wall fresco

Minsk - Hotel Belarus

Ready to see the town after a good night of sleep in the Hotel

Minsk - Hotel Belarus

People relaxing on the Svisloch Riverbank near Hotel Belarus

Minsk - Nightclub of the Belarus Hotel

The round nightclub of the Belarus Hotel called the hockey puck

Minsk - Hotel Orbita

Hotel Orbita is an other Soviet era hotel in Minsk Belarus

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