Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus, located on the Svisloch and the Nyamiha Rivers. It has an interesting history and culture. Independence Square and the Independence Avenue with its amazing collection of Stalinist Classicism, the Old Town, the Island of Tears, the reconstructed Trinity District, and the Janka Kupala Park are of interest. The Museum of the Great Patriotic War with more than 8000 exhibits related to the devastating tragedy of WWII in Belarus is worth a visit. And do not forget Kamaroŭski market.
Mir Castle, about 60 miles southwest of Minsk, is a UNESCO World heritage site. The castle is an exceptional example of a Central European fortification, reflecting in its design and layout successive cultural influences of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance that blend harmoniously to create an impressive monument to Belarus’ history. A collection of period interior and decorations as well as knight armor, weapons, swords, and horse helmets make up some of the interior.