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25 Interesting Facts About Minsk

Facts About Minsk

  1. Minsk remained the capital when Belarus gained independence in 1991.
  2. The Old East Slavic name of the town was Мѣньскъ derived from a river name Měn.
  3. In June 2019, Minsk hosted the 2019 European Games.
  4. Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is the administrative centre of Minsk Region and Minsk District.
  5. Minsk was the capital of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, in the Soviet Union.
  6. The 2019 European Figure Skating Championships were held in the Minsk Arena from the 21 to 27 January.
  7. In 1242, Minsk became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It received town privileges in 1499.
  8. Minsk is twinned with: Nottingham, United Kingdom; Sendai, Japan; Bangalore, India; Lyon, France; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Changchun, China; Kathmandu, Nepal; Łódź, Poland; Bonn, Germany; Eindhoven, Netherlands; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Chișinău, Moldova; Havana, Cuba; Tehran, Iran; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Ankara, Turkey; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Novosibirsk, Russia; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; Ufa, Russia; Shenzhen, China; Islamabad, Pakistan & Tbilisi, Georgia.
  9. Founded in 1932, Botanical garden in Minsk is one of the largest botanical gardens in Europe both by the composition of the collection as well as by area.
  10. Minsk was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the site for the biggest individual hand-woven tapestry ever.
  11. A minor planet 3012 Minsk discovered by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Chernykh in 1979 is named after the city.
  12. Minsk is the only city in Belarus with an underground metro system. Construction of the metro began in 1977.
  13. The Population of Minsk is around 2 million people as of 2020.
  14. In 2013, Minsk hosted the European Junior Rowing Championships at the Republican Center of Olympic Training for Rowing And Canoeing to the north-west of the city.
  15. The city covers a total area of 409 square kilometres.
  16. In 2011, 92 sites entered the National list of the historical and cultural heritage of the Republic of Belarus.
  17. The average altitude in Minsk is 220 meters (720 feet) above sea level.
  18. In 1499 Minsk received its town rights according to Magdeburg Law.
  19. In 2006 when the new National Library of Belarus was constructed, it was in the shape of Rhombicuboctahedron.
  20. The oldest mentions of Minsk date back to the 11th century (1067).
  21. There are over 400 travel agencies in the city of Minsk.
  22. The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum is a museum in Minsk.
  23. Population density is more concentrated in Minsk averaging 12,828 inhabitants per square mile, 4,953 per square kilometre.
  24. Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus, located on the Svislač and the Nyamiha Rivers.
  25. Minsk was awarded the title of Hero City in 1974.
Facts About Minsk
Interesting Facts About Minsk

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