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Belarus, also known sometimes as “White Russia” is a pretty, heavily forested country. Over one third of the country is forested, including the Belaveskaya Pushcha once an immense forest that spread across the European plain. Nowadays, only Belarus and Poland still contain virgin forest. Hrodna is one of the most picturesque towns to visit, as well as Mir Town, home to a number of striking castles, churches and chapels. Minsk, the country’s capital, is an interesting place, filled with old architectural buildings that are strong reminders of a soviet past. Grodno is yet another well preserved town. History buffs may be interested in visiting the village of Studenka near Borisov. It was the site of Napolean’s decisive defeat. Other historical points include the “Stalin Line” defense structure, as well as the long German Defense line.

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Minsk has got to be the city with the cleanest streets I have ever seen ... whole armies of orange-dressed cleaners begin early in the morning and carry on ... till you can literally eat off the streets ... of course, this has a bit to do with the dictatorial effect found in many ex-communist cities in the region ... relatedly, Minsk also has a somewhat secretive feel to it, the feeling that you are being watched, certainly if you are near the dictator's quarters or the KGB building (beware of taking photos)... otherwise too, the city has several communist identities to it ... huge square blocks for buildings, Russian style hotels with prostitutes, dingy private apartments, impressive parks, very few tourists, and suspicious border guards, especially if you (like me) cross over into Belarus by land and are not from one of the neighbouring countries like Poland, Ukraine or Russia... they will pore over your passport for hours ... especially if you don't know the language ...

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Minsk KGB Building:

Built soon after the Great War (1941-1945) between 1945-47, at first this building looked really weird among the ruins of the city.

If you look at the 2nd KGB picture you`ll see a small tower on its right corner. It was not supposed to be there but a top KGB guy (Zsanava) gave an order to build it, on a whim I guess. 

He said to an architect (whose surname was 'King' by the way): ''You may be a king in the architecture business but I`m a king of Minsk, so make sure the tower looks nice when you finish.' 

Back then being the head of KGB meant absolute power. And so it stands untill today - the Zsanava Tower.

Address: Avenue Nezavisimosti, 17.
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Kaloza Church:

Visit the 'Boris and Gleb' Church or simply Kaloza Church which was built on top of the 12th century`s church in the 15th century. Hope that does not sound confusing. ;) 

This one of seven Belarussian wonders is sitting on top of Zamkovaya mountain.
The side you see on the pic basically is what`s left of the original church cause in 1853 its south and west sides collapsed into Neman river as a result of a landslip. 

The story of the church is such:

Long time ago two noble men Boris and Gleb took in captivity citizens of Russian town Kaloza. The prisoners were brought to Hrodna where they were allowed to build a church for themselves. The church was named after Boris and Gleb of course, but people just called her Kaloza, after the name of their long lost home.

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