Open-air exhibition of pictures of architectural monuments opens in Minsk


Photographs of Belarus' most picturesque architectural monuments are on display at the entrance to Chalyuskintsaw Park in Minsk.

The buildings in question include ancient churches, convents and palaces.

Speaking in an interview with BelaPAN, the exhibition's curator, Volha Smalyak, said that the event would coincide in time with the Ice Hockey World Championship. She expressed hope that the exhibition would make foreign tourists want to come back to Belarus in the future.

The photographs had been compiled in books published by journalists Aleh Lukashevich and Alyaksandr Alyakseyew. "In our first album that saw the light in 2004 we showcased [architecture] from almost all regions of Belarus," said Mr. Lukashevich. "The book proved so popular that it sold way better than other albums available in the country's book market at that time. Ten years have passed but no other book has managed to beat the record, 42,500 copies of the album have already been printed and sold. And it's not cheap, it has a price of around one million rubels. We are often asked what the secret of the book's popularity is. The answer is simple: the secret is our love of Belarus, love of our homeland."

Said Mr. Alyakseyew, "Our main task is to make people discover Belarus' diversity, show its uniqueness and lands rich with the spirit of history."