Minsk downtown and UNESCO

City Central Shop (GUM) In Minsk

Minsk Downtown

Minsk downtown was completely rebuild just after World War 2. This is unique example of Soviet architecture. All the buildings of Minsk downtown were created in different years. But all of them are unified in architecture composition.

This unity became the reason for UNESCO to consider Minsk downtown as candidate of Worldwide Heritage List. UNESCO planned to include in the List part of Minsk downtown from Independence place till Victory place.

This central part of Minsk is about 3 kilometers long. All the architecture ensemble is located along central Minsk street - Nezavisimosty avenue (Skoriny avenue before). Here are situated many of Minsk’s famous buildings: Central City Shop (GUM), KGB (Committee for State Security) building, Circus, House of Trade Unions.

Unfortunately UNESCO plans were broken by Minsk government. In 2002 Minsk authorities decided to make special roofs above pedestrian subways near Central City Shop. And these roofs with their modern look destroyed the integrity of Minsk downtown ensemble. Minsk downtown didn’t get the registration in the List.

At the moment there are 3 objects registered in UNESCO Worldwide Heritage List in Belarus:

  • Mir Castle Complex
  • Residential of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh ( Nesvizh Palace )
  • Belovezhskaya Pushcha

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