Minsk is known to be the largest city in Belarus and hence the cost of living is a tad expensive. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy your stay on the city. There several sights and attractions you can enjoy without expending a penny and without compromising the fun and enjoyment.
The Cathedral of the Holy Ghost
The history of this cathedral dates back to 1633-1642 when the convent was built to serve the Bernadine nuns. In 1652, the building was made of stone. But the convent’s consecration was delayed for about 40 years due to the Muscovite invasion. In 1852, the convent was abrogated and moved to Nesvizh. The building was given to the Russian church for use as a monastery. But half a century later it was closed again by the Bolsheviks. Today the church is open. It’s a great repository of icons by Moscow Academic School. The most precious icon though is a wonder-working Icon of the Mother of God discovered in Minsk in 1500.
Minskoe More (Minsk Sea)
is an artificial reservoir 5km north of the city centre. There’s a free public beach, and pedal-boat and catamaran rental. Buses leave the central bus station regularly. To get there by car, head north along the P28 and lookout for signs after Ratomka village.
Palats Mastatsva (Art Palace), Vulitsa Kazlova 3.
Admission Free is this place. Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10AM to 7PM. Several exhibition spaces showing modern art, second hand books and antiques stalls.
The Mir Castle
is a unique monument of Belarusian architecture of the 16th century. It was founded by Duke Ilinich near the village called Mir at the end of the 15th century. He built the castle instead of the wooden farmstead that existed there. During hundreds of years, Mir Castle was time and then destroyed and restored. In the year 2000, this construction was added to Unesco’s World Heritage list. And now the castle is being successfully restored.
Church of St. Simon and Helena
This Catholic church (better known as “Red Church”) was build in 1908-1910 by a noble Belarusian family upon the premature death of their two young children. The church with red-brick towers, spires, and pitched roofs became a symbol of inconsolable grief for those who died untimely. When the Bolsheviks came to power, the church became a cinema then a film studio. Only not long ago, in 1990, the church was given back its original status. Services here start at 7 p.m.
You need not to worry with your expenses, for the city of Minsk can provide a fun and enjoyable moment to remember for free.