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Minsk:  Independance Square


Kaart ontvangen van Julia

 This card shows Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Minsk's Independence Square is one of the largest in the world, measuring an impressive 450 by 150 meters.
The administrative center of the Belarusian capital was outlined in 1929-1933 when the monumental Government Seat was built to a design of architect I.Langbard.  The Lenin monument sculptured by M.Monizer, appeared in the square in 1933.

In the 1960s the face of the square changed dramatically: older houses, dating back to the XIX and the early XX centuries were knocked down to have enough space for the new high-rising buildings of Minsk Executive Committee, Minsk City Council and main building of Belarusian State University.
Minsk Subway Directorate and the tower of Minsk Pedagogical University were built 20 years later, in the 1980s.
Stolitsa, a modern underground three-level trade and recreation center with a marvelous pedestrian precinct on the surface, was completed in 2006.

Saint-Simon and Saint-Helen Roman-Catholic Church, one of the most touching symbols of the capital, also known as the Red Church, and erected in the early XX century, is seen on the right of the postcard.

The next postcard with an old drawing puts emphasis on this Red Church. Compare the neighboring buildings and trees.

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Postcard received from Mashka

 


 

 

Minsk:  Russisch-Orthodoxe Kathedraal van de Heilige Geest

 


Kaart ontvangen van Olya

 

De kaart toont een tekening van de Russisch-Orthodoxe Kathedraal van de Heilige Geest in Minsk. Dit gebouw werd in de periode 1642-1687 gebouwd in Barok-stijl.  De kathedraal werd later meermalen gerenoveerd en wel in 1741-1746  en in 1869.

Minsk is de hoofdstad van Wit-Rusland (Belarus). Minsk was al bekend in 1067. De stad werd in 1812 door de troepen van Napoleon verwoest.  Na de opbouw werd Minsk in 1914-1915 de zetel van het Russische Opperbevel. In 1919-1920 werd de stad tijdelijk door Polen bezet.  In 1941 werd de stad opnieuw bijna compleet door Duitsland verwoest in de "Operatie Barbarossa".
Na de tweede wereldoorlog werd de stad herbouwd met veel ruimte en representatieve gebouwen. Er werd ook een Metro en een Vliegveld aangelegd.

Deze kaart was voorzien van 3 postzegels met een afbeelding van de "Dahlia Cultorum". Dank Olya.


 

Minsk: General Post Office


Kaart ontvangen van Kath

The General Post Office in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is located at Independance Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Minsk. Architects of the building were A.Dukhan and V.Korol.

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The two stamps, emission of 2008, illustrate the "Lilium hybride", a member of the Lilium genus. There are more than 100 species in this genus. Lilies form an important group of flowering garden plants and are important in culture and literature all over the world.
Some of the species are grown for harvesting of their bulbs.