Minsk is not only the capital and largest city of Belarus, it's also the capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), situated on the Svislach and Nyamiha rivers. Minsk is the major cultural centre of Belarus. Its first theatres and libraries were established in the middle of the 19th century. Now it has 11 theatres, 16 museums, 20 cinemas and 139 libraries.

Minsk of today is the city of wide streets, modern and old architectural ensembles, fountains, shady parks and green boulevards well deserving the opinion of being one of the best cities of the former Soviet Union. One of the landmarks of the capital city is Independence Avenue that crosses Minsk from the center to the north-east. The avenue is 15km long, which makes it one of Europe’s longest city thoroughfares.

The avenue is famous for its architectural ensemble built in the Stalin’s Empire Style in the 1950s. The ensemble with its balustrades, outdoor lighting and flowers, seeks to get into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Independence Square is over 7 hectares big, which makes it one of the biggest squares in Europe.

The historical center of Minsk has preserved majestic temples and historical landmarks. The pearl of Minsk downtown is the Trinity Suburb featuring the 19th century buildings and atmospheric block-paved side streets. Also Minsk is famous for its picturesque parks and gardens.
Minsk attracts a lot of foreign tourists by its surprisingly clean, beautiful, calm, optimistic and hospitable atmosphere.