Belarus is well known for its rich cultural heritage, art galleries, museums, and theaters, plus the home of Marc Chagall. The historical sites consist of numerous memorials, fortresses, and castles. The place offer outdoors, lots of parks and also open spaces. You will find five famous national parks, and one is the Belovezhskaya Puschka – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to witness an evening of Belarusian music or perhaps interested in several Belarusian art, you will not be disappointed. Every town have museums, theaters, and art galleries. The amateur artistic group of Belarus is globally respected. You can find various performances across the country.
Important and Interesting Facts about Belarus
- The longest street in Belarus – Independence Avenue in Minsk. Throughout its history, it not only grew on the length and width, but also changed the name of 14 times. This is one of the last mainline neoclassical ensembles in the world of architecture, one of the longest streets in Europe, the Bidder for inclusion in the List of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
- National Park “Pripyat” of Belarus- the only place on earth where there are prehistoric floodplain oak forests.
- Forests cover nearly one third of Belarus, which makes wood an important and abundant resource.
- Belarus is a landlocked nation so it does not have a coastline. It shares borders with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
- Glacial scouring accounts for the flatness of Belarusian terrain and for its 11,000 lakes.
- Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, the remainder of primeval European forest, is a World Heritage Site. It is the largest forest in Belarus whose territory three times exceeds the territory of Andorra.
- National Library of Belarus. The building is 72.6 meters high (20th floor) and a weight of 115 000 tons (do not think the books). Total area – 112,6 thousand m². The library is one of the largest in the world.
- A dozen of medieval castles could be found on the territory of Belarus. The Belorussians had always been attacked by hostile neighbors who had robbed the country several times. The castle located in the village MIR (World) is considered the most beautiful one.
- 8 out of 34 Struve geodetic arcs are found in Belarus today. The network consists of 265 points or stone cubes that are 2020 meters long. The arcs have been developed for 40 years to define the size and shape of the Earth. In 2005 the remaining arcs were classified as inheritance by the UNESCO.
- Lake Svitiaz’is a forest lake in Western Belarus. It has an almost perfect round shape and no connection to any other lake. Not a single river or spring flows into it and only one flows out. It even somehow managed to preserve in its waters a plant called tetradinium Javanese, which apart from this lake can be found only in Indonesia. The water itself is extremely transparent and has a sweet taste.
- Belarus has more than 10 thousand lakes. This huge number of water reservoirs supported by more than 28 thousand small and big rivers has given Belarus one of its metaphoric names – the Blue-Eyed Land. Most Belarusian lakes appeared during the Ice Age.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts about Belarus
- Guests often take home from Belarus kilogram bars of bitter chocolate 90% of the Gomel factory “Spartak”.
- Belarus has around 31 banks; the government owns 30 banks and only one is privately owned.
- Agriculture and manufacturing are the largest industries in Belarus.
- Belarus traffic cops in the vast majority do not take bribes.
- Belarus still applies the death penalty.
- There is no university in Belarus, the training which would be held in the Belarusian language.
- In Belarus every year people find the most treasure (compared to Europe)
- Most of the monuments in Belarus dedicated to Lenin. In every city there is a Lenin Street.
- Olga Korbut is a famous Belarusian gymnast and four-time Olympic Champion. She was the first one to develop and perform an unusually, daring flip that later was named after her.
- Ruslan Salei(Rusty) was the legend of Belarusian ice hockey. He was the captain of the Belarusian national team but also Rusty, who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) in the US participating in 917 NHL games and getting 204 scores.
Historical and Cultural Facts about Belarus
- Birch sap – one of the favorite drinks of Belarusians. It is sold in packs and large glass jars. In the village people harvest birch sap every spring.
- The remains of Homo erectus and Neanderthal have discovered in the Belorussian region. Bandkeramik cultures thrived in the region in around 6th millennia BC. Apart from this the Dnieper-Donets culture is also said to have dominated in the region. However, in the 6th century AD Slavic tribes settled in the region.
- The oldest city of Belarus is Polotsk, which has been in existence since 862 AD.
- The oldest monument in Belarus is St Sophia’s Cathedral (Polotsk), built between 1044 and 1066.
- There was a nuclear disaster in Ukraine in 1986 near the Belarusian borders. Following the disaster Belarus has been suffering high rates cancer and birth abnormalities and about a quarter of its land has been declared uninhabitable.
- Minsk is the capital of Belarus and is mentioned in script the first time about year 1607, which means that Minsk is older than European cities like Moscow and Stockholm.
- In the 5th centuryD., Belarus (also known as White Russia) was colonized by east Slavic tribes.
- The first signs of settlements in ancient Belarus date back approximately100,000-35,000 years.
- Belarus in the Bronze Age (8th-6th Century BC). Artifacts dating back to the Bronze Age have been found in settlements across Belarus.
- Vincent Dunin-Martsinkevich– is a Belarusian play-writer, poet and theatre critic, who is considered the father of the Belarusian theatre. Having started to write in Belarusian he faced the problem of an absence of standardized dictionaries and grammar books.