Holy Spirit cathedral, 1642-1687, Minsk, Belarus, 17th century

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Minsk

Minsk will almost certainly surprise you. The capital of Belarus is, contrary to its dreary reputation, a progressive, modern and clean place. Fashionable cafes, impressive restaurants and crowded nightclubs vie for your attention, while sushi bars and art galleries have taken up residence in a city centre once totally remodelled to the tastes of Stalin. Despite the strong police presence and obedient citizenry, Minsk is a thoroughly pleasant place that's easy to become fond of.


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Mary Magdalene Orthodox church and dome, Minsk. Image by Sir Francis Canker Photography / Getty Images

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