Independence Square (Ploshchad Nezavisimosti)
Independence square is the main and largest square of the capital. Several important points of interest are located here, such as the Church of Saints Simon and Helena (also known as Red Church), House of Government, and the shopping mall ‘Stolitca’, which visually resembles the ‘Okhotny Ryad’ in Moscow. One can also find on the square hotel "Minsk", the sculpture of Archangel Michael and other interesting objects that can be interesting for tourists. In other words, the Independence Square today is a holistic architectural ensemble, which is surrounded by many culturally and functionally significant buildings.
The square itself was designed and built in the first half of the XXth century together with the government House. It was supposed to be a venue for military parades and demonstrations. Initially, the Independence square was called Lenin square, whose monument can still be found here. The area was reconstructed several times, but its current appearance was acquired in the 70s of the XXth century. At this time, flower beds, light and music fountain appeared.
This area is still of great interest to tourists because it has many key attractions. The square is not only the landmark of Minsk but also incredibly beautiful and convenient for walking and relaxing.
How to get there: metro ‘Ploshchad Lenina’. For those who prefer to use land transport, buses 40, 100, 111, 115э, 127 are an option.