Postcards of the Past


Minsk, Belarus


Minsk (Мінск) is the capital and largest city of Belarus, located on the Svislač and the Nyamiha Rivers. In 1242, Minsk became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and from 1569 it was a capital of the Minsk Voivodeship, in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It was part of a region annexed by the Russian Empire in 1793, as a consequence of the Second Partition of Poland. From 1919 to 1991, after the Russian Revolution, Minsk was the capital of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, in the Soviet Union.

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