Upper Town, Minsk
Most of the historic buildings of the capital – honored guests of the past – are located in the Upper Town. The Upper Town became the core of the city in early XVI century with shopping streets and the town hall, cathedrals and churches, synagogues and homes of well-to-do citizens.
The impetuous history took mercy on the original street pattern and a few buildings including the high school, traditional marketplace with warehouses, St. Joseph Church, mysterious Mason House, the Vankoviches Estate which is now home to a branch of the National Museum of Arts of Belarus.
The two most prominent cathedrals of Minsk are also here: Orthodox Holy Spirit Cathedral and Catholic Virgin Mary Cathedral.
A few years ago Minsk City Hall was reconstructed on its original site. It is a traditional building with a 32-meter tower and a clock counting every hour of Minsk life…