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The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the north-west. Its capital and the most popular city is Minsk.
Minsk is not only the capital and largest city of Belarus but also the former of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The city was 80% destroyed during World War II and was rebuilt in the 1950s to the liking of Stalin. Large, Soviet-bloc style buildings make up a large portion of the city. Belarusians are proud of their capital’s long history and its continued cultural importance. The city boasts 16 museums, 11 theatres, and 139 libraries, including the National Library of Belarus, with collections housed in a towering glass geometric ball. If you are interested in the Soviet Union, Minsk is a wonderful place to visit.