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Tour «ALBARUTHENIA: Vitebsk - Zdravnevo, 2 days»
The programm of excursion with the departure from Minsk to Vitebsk.
8.00 Departure fr om Minsk. On the way to Vitebsk, you will see the most beautiful landscapes of Belarus - the so-called "Belarusian Switzerland". The Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve was established in 1925 in the vicinity of the Berezina River to protect the biological diversity of nature; now it is one of the few corners of untouched nature preserved in its original state. Acquaintance with the rich nature of the reserve begins at the Museum of Nature with an interactive exhibition of the animal and plant world. Then visit the enclosures with animals: on the edge of a pine forest on an area of 12 hectares a spacious modern forest zoo is open, wh ere the animals typical of our protected forest are waiting for you in conditions similar to the natural; there are bears, bison, lynx, deer, roe deer, foxes, wolves and many others. We guarantee a lot of impressions!
Transfer to Vitebsk, hotel accommodation, lunch.
The city, royally established on the Western Dvina, originated in the 10th century and played a major role in the history of Belarus. During the sightseeing tour you will visit its historical part with preserved and restored buildings of the 18th-19th centuries. You will see the symbol of the Magdeburg city right - the graceful town hall built in 1775. On the high bank of the Zapadnaya Dvina there is one of the monumental buildings of the old Vitebsk - the Governor's Palace (XVIII century), which keeps the memory of the turbulent past city. Restored on the steep bank of the Vitba River, the Assumption Cathedral of the former Basilian Monastery became an elegant visual dominant of the city. You will also see the Resurrection Church - a monument of Vilna baroque architecture; the restored Byzantine-style church of the Annunciation. The cultural heritage of Vitebsk also includes the historically established planning structure of the city, buildings in the Art Nouveau style. During the tour you will see a stylized medieval tower "Dukhovskoy Kruglik", funny street sculptures, original small architectural forms. You will also enjoy a walk along the picturesque pedestrian street of the city with souvenir shops and cozy coffee shops.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Vitebsk turned into a kind of a symbol of the dynamic art of the world-famous "Vitebsk School", the brilliant representatives of which were the brilliant Marc Chagall, the author of the mysterious "Black Square" Konstantin Malevich, the creator of the "Russian seasons" in Paris Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. The works of these artists are exhibited in the largest museums of the world and have glorified our school of painting. "Oh Paris! You are my second Vitebsk!" - exclaimed the greatest artist of the XX century, Marc Chagall, who carried his love for this city through all his life. Visiting the Museum of Marc Chagall in a house on Pokrovskaya Street, which in the early 1900s. built the father of Marc Chagall and wh ere the artist spent his youthful years. The museum presents household items of the turn of the XIX-XX centuries, archival documents telling about the life of Mark Shagal in Vitebsk.
Free time, walking around the city, shopping. Overnight in Vitebsk.
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Buffet breakfast. Check-out.
Continue getting acquainted with Vitebsk on the second day
The events of the earlyХХ century in Vitebsk laid the foundation not only for the Russian (as Vitebsk was then in the Russian Empire as a provincial center), but also for the world avant-garde. Vitebsk artists are the successors of the Suprematist traditions, laid down by K. Malevich with the “Approver of the new art” (UNOVIS). The heritage left by them in Vitebsk is perceived today as a genetic code capable of producing new and new talents. A visit to the new Museum of the Vitebsk National School, located in the original pre-revolutionary building; here you will plunge into the unique atmosphere of the avant-garde of the 20s of the ХХ century, when art was born that changed the world. The museum is high-tech with exclusive multimedia equipment - you will get acquainted with interactive expositions of the European level, get a lot of positive emotions and impressions.
And today Vitebsk is also known as the musical capital of festivals. Here are jazz, bard, piano festivals. Since 1992, Vitebsk has become the capital of the International Art Festival "Slavic Bazaar", the musical arena of which - the Summer Amphitheater - you will see during the tour. Almost every year, new monuments are established in the city, creative urban spaces are created, new cafes are opened, and local craftsmen are famous for their unique souvenirs. Art Space on Tolstoy regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary Belarusian artists. No wonder Vitebsk is called the cultural capital of Belarus!
Dinner. Then we go out of town, to the restored estate of Ilya Repin in Zdravnevo, with its interesting museum exhibition, picturesque buildings and wonderful surrounding landscapes.
Return to Vitebsk. Free time in the city center until 5 pm: walking, buying souvenirs.
Arrival in Minsk around 22.00.
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