For a city that has so famously been repeatedly destroyed and recreated, Minsk has an impressive number of old buildings, many of which are not in the old town but are instead next to neoclassicist creations. And yet it has an old town too.
All hasn’t been as placid as it may seem. For example, the Orthodox cathedral of the Holy Spirit started in the seventeenth century as a Roman Catholic convent, but it was closed in 1852. After 1917 it became a gymnasium and then a prison.