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Minsk - the capital of the Republic of Belarus, the center of the Minsk district and Minsk region, located in the center of the republic on the Svisloch River. Date of establishment and the first written mention - 1067. Earlier names - Men'sk, Menesk, Mensk. In 1496 - 1499 the city received Magdeburg Law.

Minsk - a major scientific and industrial, cultural and transport center of not only the country, but also the entire region of the Western CIS. Religious sites - the Catholic Church of Saints Simon and Helena ( "Red Catholic Church"), 1905-1910; Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, 1700-1710; Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, 1610-1620; Catholic Church of St. Thomas Aquinas; Uniate Church of the Holy Spirit.

Population: 1 981 690

Minsk. Archbishop's Building Yard, circa 1910
Archbishop's Building Yard, circa 1910
Minsk. Archbishop's Building Yard, 1915
Archbishop's Building Yard, 1915
Minsk. Brewery 'Bohemia' Lekkert brothers, circa 1920
Brewery 'Bohemia' Lekkert brothers, circa 1920
Minsk. Brewery 'Bohemia' Lekkert brothers on Alexandrovskaya street, circa 1910
Brewery 'Bohemia' Lekkert brothers on Alexandrovskaya street, circa 1910
Minsk. Building of the Agricultural Society, circa 1910
Building of the Agricultural Society, circa 1910
Minsk. City Theater, between 1895 and 1903
City Theater, between 1895 and 1903
Minsk. Cossacks on corner of Zakhar'evskaya and Governor streets, 1905
Cossacks on corner of Zakhar'evskaya and Governor streets, 1905
Minsk. Crossroad of Zakhar'evskaya and Governor's streets, 1918
Crossroad of Zakhar'evskaya and Governor's streets, 1918
Minsk. Group of hospital medical staff at the car before sending the wounded, circa 1915
Group of hospital medical staff at the car before sending the wounded, circa 1915
Minsk. Kazan Cathedral, 1918
Kazan Cathedral, 1918
Minsk. Kolomenskaya street, circa 1910
Kolomenskaya street, circa 1910
Minsk. Lower Market between 1910 and 1917
Lower Market between 1910 and 1917
Minsk. Military meeting and Pharmacy shop on Sadovaya street, circa 1910
Military meeting and Pharmacy shop on Sadovaya street, circa 1910
Minsk. Nova-Myasnitskaya street, 1929
Nova-Myasnitskaya street, 1929
Minsk. Own of Empress Maria Fedorovna Hospital N1, circa 1915
Own of Empress Maria Fedorovna Hospital N1, circa 1915
Minsk. Parade in honor of Prince Leopold of Bavaria in Minsk, 1918
Parade in honor of Prince Leopold of Bavaria in Minsk, 1918
Minsk. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1918
Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1918
Minsk. Preobrazhenskaya street, Hotel Matchise, circa 1900
Preobrazhenskaya street, Hotel Matchise, circa 1900
Minsk. Prison Castle (Pischalovsky), circa 1910
Prison Castle (Pischalovsky), circa 1910
Minsk. Russian-Asian Bank, between 1910 and 1916
Russian-Asian Bank, between 1910 and 1916
Minsk. The first power plant 'Elvod' on Zakhar'evskaya street, 1928
The first power plant 'Elvod' on Zakhar'evskaya street, 1928
Minsk. The building of the Mariinsky women's gymnasium, circa 1910
The building of the Mariinsky women's gymnasium, circa 1910
Minsk. Vilensky railway station, circa 1910
Vilensky railway station, circa 1910
Minsk. Yanka Kupala House, in which the poet lived in 1927-1941
Yanka Kupala House, in which the poet lived in 1927-1941


Photos posted on the website in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 1 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 9 September 1886, the term of protection which is fifty years after the author's death.

After this period photos it becomes public domain. The participants of the Berne Convention are 167 States.


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