Oktabrskaya square

Having just seen one imposing square in Minsk, what better to do than look at another imposing square in Minsk? This one has recently been renamed Oktabrskaya square. A small pyramid shows that it’s at the very centre of Minsk:

centre of Minsk, Oktabrskaya square

And here you have it, Oktabrskaya square:

Oktabrskaya square, Minsk

Oktabrskaya square, Minsk

Oktabrskaya square, Minsk

Oktabrskaya square, Minsk

One of the star buildings is the Palace of Trade Unions, a 1954 masterpiece in the proletarian Corinthian mode.

Palace of Trade Unions, Minsk

Palace of Trade Unions, Minsk

Palace of Trade Unions, Minsk

Palace of Trade Unions, Minsk

Palace of Trade Unions, Minsk

But the greatest wonder is the Palace of the Republic (2001), whose front, side and rear are shown below.

Palace of the Republic, Minsk

Palace of the Republic, Minsk

Palace of the Republic, Minsk

If it all looks a bit depopulated, people do walk around.

Oktabrskaya square

And no, we haven’t finished with grand squares yet. But let’s take a short break from them.

next in the Belarus series



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