The city of the republic that each guest should visit is Grodno. Had I choice where to be born I'd have chosen Grodno. Why? The main reason is that most part of the architectural relics has been preserved there - in western part of Belarus, and Grodno ranks first in the number of them. No other city in Belarus hasn’t preserved such a large number of sights!
Grodno is located at about 280 km distance to the south-east of Minsk.
The city has a special place among the cultural and historical heritage of Belarus. There are so many sights and attractions, and a lot of them are essential for the whole country.
One of the major attractions of Grodno is the Roman Catholic Church of St. Francis Xavier that was built in 1703, is an architectural monument. This is one of the largest and most beautiful churches in Belarus. Earlier this church was located around the whole complex of buildings of the Jesuit monastery. Many of these buildings have been preserved and are now used for different purposes.
Nearby is another former Catholic monastery - Bernardine. Now, in a complex of buildings of a former monastery located seminary. And the main church of the monastery - Catholic Church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross, was built in 1618. Now the church is an important historical monuments and sites of Grodno and throughout Belarus.
Another important attraction of Grodno and very important architectural monument is the Russian Orthodox Church of Saints Boris and Gleb. It is also called "Kalozha". This church was built in 1183. This is one of the oldest stone structures Belarus extant.
There and a new castle in the city, which is now also an important attraction of Grodno. New Castle was built directly next to the old castle in 1742. This castle was substantially rebuilt in Soviet times. Although this structure is called the castle, special defensive functions it has never fulfilled, in general it was a palace, the royal palace. In both castles, new and old, now house museums.
Next on the list of attractions Grodno sure to mention the ancient Roman Catholic Annunciation Church, located in the former monastery. The building of the church was built in 1651, so this architectural monument is a very valuable monument, although at the moment the church is not fully restored.
Another attraction of Grodno is the Russian Orthodox church of Nativity, located in the former convent buildings bazilian. The building was erected in 1751, this temple is an important architectural monument.
In the former Franciscan monastery situated Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Angels. This temple was built in about 1700, and is an important landmark of Grodno.
There are very rare Grodno and Belarus sight - Lutheran Church, which presumably was built in 1783. The building is still performing its function during construction. Lutheran church in Belarus - a rarity, but in terms of architecture, the building is almost indistinguishable from an ordinary Catholic church.
There’s also the main synagogue of the city. The synagogue in Grodno was built already in the 16th century. Until recently, is in a dilapidated condition. But more recently it completely restored. Ancient synagogues in Belarus have very few, even fewer of them are in good condition, so the main synagogue of Grodno is an important architectural monument.
On the main square of the city of Grodno have another great attraction deserves special mention - the former home of the merchant, now a hotel. This building was built in the 19th century. The architecture of this building may not be very unique, but due to its central location it has become one of the visiting cards of the city of Grodno.
Given a list of attractions Grodno far from exhausted. Generally speaking the entire city center is busy historical urban development. Among these there are many attractions and former minor palaces and gymnasiums, schools or colleges, and pre-revolutionary buildings banks and houses and estates of wealthy burghers, and water towers, and much more. A small, but very picturesque city park deserves special mention. In general the whole city center of Grodno is of particular interest for tourists.