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Brest - Brest Fortress- Belovezhskaya Pushcha Tour

Brest - Brest Fortress- Belovezhskaya Pushcha Tour Packages
Country: Belarus
City: Brest
Duration: 2 Day(s) - 1 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Package Itinerary

The tour includes a visit to the South of Belarus – one of the main regional centers and city of a thousand-year history –Brest. In the city, you will visit the memorial complex «BREST HERO-FORTRESS» the place that became a symbol of Soviet resistance against Nazi troops during the Second World War. After Brest, you will head for the Belovezhskaya Pushcha – the unique wood where powerful Bison live.

Day 1: Moving to Brest (350 km)

Visual tour to the Brest Cathedral of St. Simeon, which is the main Orthodox church in the city, which is its true decoration and pride. Built-in 1865 in the pseudo-Russian style, the cathedral looks especially majestic in the evening in the rays of night illumination. One of the main shrines of the temple is the relics of St. Martyr Athanasius, Abbot of Brest, who despite tortures and torments did not renounce Orthodoxy. Today, the monument to Athanasius of Brest was installed near the cathedral. During the excursion before you pages of the history of terrible days of the beginning of the war when at sunrise.

The defense of Brest Fortress took place 22–29 June 1941. On June 22, 1941, the garrison of the Brest fortress the first assumed blows of fascist aggressors will open and more than a month held the fort in a full environment. The Brest Fortress, defended by the Red Army against the Wehrmacht, held out longer than expected and after the Second World War became a symbol of Soviet resistance. In 1965 the fortress received the title of Hero Fortress for the 1941 defense. The entry of the fortress represents a huge star cut into a concrete block. The radio announcer informs about the invasion of the German army.

At the center of the fortress, you see "Thirst", a large monument depicting an injured soldier trying to get some water from the river. The monument reflects the bravery of the last remaining soldiers who defended the Fortress for many days without food or water. The main part of the memorial is the Square of Ceremonies, leading to the Museum of the Defence of Brest fortress and the ruins of the White Palace. The Museum of the defense of the Brest fortress exposition reflects not only the military actions of 1941 in the territory of the fortress but also the history of its construction, the largest battles of the Great Patriotic War, and the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders.

The Museum of the defense was opened in 1956, since that time its area and exposition have doubled up, items from excavations, works of art, military documents, photographs are presented here. The most valuable among all items of the exposition are the records of S.S. Smirnov with memories of the participants in the defense of the Brest Fortress. Church of St. Nicholas in Brest - is a magnificent example of a temple in retrospective Russian style, the first mention of which dates back to 1390.

According to legend, the church was built with the means of a merchant who, having got bogged down in the river, was able to free himself only by giving a promise to build a church in Brest in the name of St. Nicholas. The church had its own long history - so, here was one of the oldest in Belarus cathedral brotherhood, operated a hospital.


Moving to Belovezhskaya Puscha (57 km)

Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is one of the most famous places in Belarus and plays a very important role in the ecology of Belarus. As well as the forest, Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park also boasts a zoo, library, and museum, and supports wood processing, handicrafts, and various local industries. The museum of the nature of Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is the most visited in Belarus. It will acquaint with seasonal features and the most striking traits of nature at different times of the year and also with inhabitants of a dense forest during different historical eras. The museum has three main thematic halls with one thousand exhibits telling about the history and presence of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and its unique nature.

The demonstration of open-air cages is located near the Museum of the nature of Belovezhskaya Pushcha. On the area of about 20 hectares, you will see the main types of flora and fauna. You may come close to the forest inhabitants, to treat with a bread piece, apple, or a branch of the bison who got used to visitors, elks, boars, a Tarpanovidny horse or a bear.


Day 2: Moving to Minsk (360 km)

Free time in Minsk, visiting shopping malls, cafes, museums, Transfer to the airport

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