Private Tour Guide in Belarus Katya Makarevich

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Vitebsk City

     Churches and cathedrals, squares and old streets, bridges and city architecture, monuments and sculptures, museums and exhibitions, parks and public gardens, rivers, lakes and fountains... The list of sights the city in north-west of Belarus has not completed!

     Vitebsk region is located on the north of the country, in the middle flow of the Western Dvina and the upper flow of the Dnieper River. It borders with Lithuania, Latvia and Russia. The city is almost 300km to the north-east of Minsk.

Churches and cathedrals, squares and old streets, bridges and city architecture, monuments and sculptures, museums and exhibitions, parks and public gardens, rivers, lakes and fountains... The list of sights the city in north-west of Belarus has not completed!

    In our republic Vitebsk is called as "the cultural capital of Belarus". There is such a concentration of museums, exhibition halls, galleries, musical and cultural festivals that the city has that title absolutely deservedly. Vitebsk is the mother town of this famous artist Marc Chagall. There’s a museum dedicated to this outstanding artist. Besides, Vitebsk is so picturesque - it has as many ponds, streams and rivers as no other city has! Let’s have a look at some of its sights.

     There’s Russian Orthodox Assumption Cathedral in the city center. One of the most beautiful and largest cathedrals in Vitebsk and Belarus in the whole, it was restored in 2011 according to the building of XVIII century. It was originally built in 1785, has not escaped the sad fate and was blown up in 1937. From the first sight the cathedral impresses with its splendor and charm. A splendid view of the city opens from the observation deck of the cathedral. This temple is very nicely situated on the bank of the Western Dvina river, seen from afar, and very successfully entered into many views of the city of Vitebsk. It is a pity that the historic building is lost, but even being detuned again, the Assumption Cathedral is one of the main attractions of Vitebsk and very attractive tourist attraction.

     Another attraction of the city of Vitebsk is the current Russian Orthodox Women's Monastery of the Holy Spirit. The monastery was founded in 1345, the monastery buildings, which can be seen today, date from the late 19th century. Historic church building located on the territory of the monastery has been preserved; this church was destroyed in 1954. Modern building of a new Church of the Holy Spirit was built in 2012.

     Undoubtedly, the main attraction of the city of Vitebsk is the Church of the Annunciation. This church is one of the oldest churches in Belarus, and even more so, the Annunciation Church in Vitebsk is one of the oldest surviving stone buildings in Belarus. This church was built in the 1130's, and then repeatedly it is completed. This church was badly damaged during the Second World War. Later, in 1961 on the site of the church planned to build a tram ring reversal, the church was blown up, although many walls still standing to a height of 5 meters. Fortunately, it's the destruction of the church was not finished, and in 1977 even the ruins of the church were preserved. In 1992, the church was restored according to its original historical appearance, without later alterations, and now functions as a temple. Annunciation Church in Vitebsk is the most important architectural monument of the 12th century, a huge cultural and historical value, and the most important sights of Vitebsk and Belarus.

     Another important attraction of Vitebsk is the Roman Catholic Church of St. Barbara, built here in 1785. This church has a very memorable appearance. Next to the church is located a modern chapel built recently. Church of St. Barbara in Vitebsk is an important architectural monument of the 18th century, as it is the only surviving ancient Catholic church of Vitebsk, the other Catholic churches of the city are built in our time.

     Russian Orthodox Holy Resurrection Church is also worth seeing.  It was restored in 2009 according to the church that was built there in XVIII and demolished in 1936. The church is famous for its unique painting of walls, solemn and majestic look and hereditary set of bells that not each church can be proud of.

     Vitebsk calls its City Hall as the face of the city. The City Hall is the architectural monument of the XVIII century. It is located in the center of Vitebsk in its historical district where the Vitba River runs into the Western Dvina River. For the first time the city hall was built in 1597 when the city was given the Magdeburg Rights; the building we’ll see dates back to 1775.  Now there is Vitebsk Regional Museum in the building of the City Hall is located in.

     During our tour we can’t miss the biggest square in the whole Belarus. It includes a memorial area and event area. There is a monument honoring the heroes of WWII in the memorial area. The monument was built in 1974 and has the Eternal Flame where the wreaths are laid. The event area is equipped with four fountain, two large screens and a stage.

    A sight that attracts visitors is Summer Amphitheater. This building is recognizable not only in Belarus but also far beyond its borders, as it is the summer concert stage and the main stage for the international cultural event "Slaviansky Bazar". And although it is not a historical monument, however summer amphitheater in Vitebsk has become an important landmark of the city.

     Another important landmark in the city of Vitebsk is one of the most visited museums in Belarus - the house-museum of Marc Chagall, the most famous Belarusian artist, who was born and lived for a long time in the city of Vitebsk. House-Museum, as it usually happens in such cases, is located in the same building where the artist spent his childhood. The building is, by the way, refers to the end of the 19th century.

     In addition to these, in Vitebsk there are so many different historical buildings that can be attributed to the historical city building. Most of them belong to the 19th century, but there are older buildings belonging to the 18th century. For example, the following picture shows the former Governor's Palace, built in the late 18th century, where in 1812 Napoleon stayed. Among the other historic buildings there are buildings of the former banks, colleges, schools, houses, warehouses, mansions, shopping arcades, and other administrative and commercial buildings and so on. There are also in Vitebsk and the ruins of the synagogue.

     It is undoubtable that there one can find numerous monuments that date back to different times and periods of Vitebsk history!