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An Interesting fact about Belarus: Area

Author: Lida added 2-12-2012, 09:37
An Interesting fact about Belarus: Area
Do you know that the area of Belarus is 207 600 sq / km?

This is 3 times more than the area of Ireland, and almost two times more than the total area of such countries as Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium.

Belarus is also more than such U.S. states as New York, Illinois, Washington, Nebraska, but a little less than Utah.

Cimbalom. Belarusian folk instrument.

Author: Lida added 2-12-2012, 08:53
We start a series of articles about the musical culture and traditions of Belarusians. In these articles, we'll tell you about the musical traditions, folk instruments and contemporary artists.

We begin the story with cimbalom - Belarusian folk instrument.

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk

Author: Lida added 2-12-2012, 06:31
Saint Sophia Cathedral in PolotskSaint Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk is probably the oldest church in Belarus. It was built between 1044 and 1066 by Prince Usiaslau - the Wizard.

The Cathedral stands at the confluence of the Polota and Western Dvina Rivers on the eastern side of the city.

The cathedral was built as a symbol of equality with the second Rome - Constantinople. Like in Kyiv and Novgorod where there were also temples in honour of St Sofia, the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk was intended to be a testimony to the power and independence of the Principality of Polotsk.

Mir Castle Complex

Author: Lida added 2-12-2012, 05:54