Heritage of the Soviet Union Tour

Description

By opinion of many experts, among all the countries of the former USSR Belarus has retained many characteristics of the era of this great power. If you came to Minsk, you should take an opportunity and plunge into the interesting history of the communist system.

Choosing a Soviet past tour, you will learn many interesting facts on the times of the USSR, will walk along the Independence Avenue and Square, Lenin and Oktyabrskaya Streets, will visit the museum of Azgur and the museum-house of the First Congress of the RSDLP, Komarovsky market, GUM and the Central supermarket, will take a Minsk metro, and will see a majestic building of the KGB.

Our tour starts on the Independence Square, which was called Lenin Square until 1991. During several years it was the main square of the capital of the BSSR. Here is one of the Minsk sculptures of the leader of the world proletariat. You will learn the history of the Government House, the Belarusian State University, the Minsk City Executive Committee, the Minsk Metro, the Church of Saints Simeon and Helen, and other buildings surrounding the square.

Further you will walk along the main avenue of Soviet Minsk - the Independence Avenue. It's hard to believe that the road built 215 years ago was originally planned as a bypass road along the city's borders! Now the beginning of the avenue is located in the very center of the capital. Walking along the avenue, you will see luxurious building of the Main Post Office, the most fashionable hotel of the Soviet Minsk, the building of KGB and you will get some information on the founder of this threatening organization. You will visit GUM, which has preserved its original appearance both inside and outside, and the Central supermarket with the Soviet interior and you will learn the history of its transformation.

You will enjoy the beauty of the Lenin Street – formerly one of the major streets of the city. Built after the war, nowadays it’s a small, cozy and beautiful street. Then you will go to the October Square, where one of the highest monuments to Stalin was, and which held military parades.

Then, we will take a red branch of the Minsk Metro, which was opened in 1984. The Minsk Metro is known for its cleanliness, gorgeous appearance and of course the feeling of the Soviet era, because the original interior of all stations still be preserved.

Afterwards, we will visit the house-museum of the first congress of the RSDLP. In 1898 the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party was created in this building, and later it grew into a Communist party. You will have the opportunity to touch the origins of the birth of the Soviet Union.

Our next stop will be the museum-workshop of Z. Azgur, where you will find an interesting selection of 283 sculptural compositions of the talented master of the Soviet era Z. Azgur. You will see the sculptures of Lenin, Stalin, Marx and other leaders of the world proletariat in all their glory. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit the studio of the famous sculptor, and to familiarize with the process of making monuments.

Our tour will be ended at the Komarovsky market. The market took its name from the former village Komarovka, in the territory of which it was built. Today Komarovsky market is one of the oldest and largest food markets of the country. More than 100 years ago there were trade stands, later there was built a wooden shed for vendors. Well, in 1980, a covered building with an area of 13,000 square meters opened its doors.

Duration

4 hours (the length of the route is 15 km)

Inclusions

Private professional guide
Visiting the house-museum of the 1st congress of the RSDLP
Visiting the museum-workshop of Z.Azgura
The main sights of the Soviet Era
Acquaintance with the Minsk metro
Transport services

Exclusions

Entrance tickets to museums (3$ per person)

Beginning

At your hotel or any other location in Minsk

Ending

At your hotel or any other location in Minsk

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