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Trinity Suburb

Minsk, Belarus

Trinity Suburb is an old picturesque part of Minsk located on the bank of the Svisloch River in the city center. Its cozy little streets and houses, with tile roofs and delicate colors, have become a symbol of Minsk. Their image can be often seen on souvenirs and candy.

The settlement Trinity Hill appeared near the Svisloch River in the 12th-13th centuries.

In ancient times these suburb was a commercial center. It was a place where roads from Vilno, Polotsk, Smolensk and Mogilev intersected. In late 16th century it became the largest marketplace in the town called Trinity Market.

The ancient design of the suburb was lost in the great fire of 1809. This place was redeveloped and, in line with the project approved by Emperor Alexander I, new stone buildings were built here.

In the 1930s-1960s some buildings and entire streets of the suburb were ruined.

Buildings in Trinity Suburb and Upper Town were renovated in the 1980s to give them a touch of the 19th -century Minsk.

In 2004  the place was renovated according to  the concept of the  of the borders of the historic center

In 2009 the park built at the site of the former marketplace was given its historic name Trinity Hill. The Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater, built in the 1930s, is also located here.

Many buildings located in Trinity Suburb house museums, antique shops, souvenir stores, cafes, restaurants and art galleries.

Trinity Suburb is a “gem” of the city architecture where one can enjoy the old Minsk and get familiar with its cultural heritage. Here you can visit:

  • the branch of the State Museum of History of Theatrical and Musical Culture of Belarus under the name The Living Room of Vladislav Golubok
  • The State Museum of History of Belarusian Literature (undergoing renovation)
  • Maksim Bogdanovich Literature Museum (undergoing renovation)
  • The House of Nature (the building of the former synagogue)
  • the crafts galleries Slavutast and Slavutyia Maistry
  • the Venok store which offers books and antiques. Its interior imitates that of a 19th-century bookstore
  • the Troitskaya pharmacy featuring a unique collection of pharmaceutical utensils and books of the 19th century


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