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Excursion "Oh, Paris! You are my second Vitebsk!"
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 excursion, 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 law - the graceful town hall, built in 1775. On the high bank of the Western Dvina there is one of the monumental buildings of old Vitebsk - the Governor's Palace. Napoleon Bonaparte stayed here during the war of 1812, as well as many other famous personalities. Restored on the steep bank of the Vitba River, the Uspenski Cathedral of the former Basilian Monastery became an elegant visual dominant of the city. 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. A walk along the picturesque pedestrian street of the city with souvenir shops, art galleries, 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. We will visit the Museum of Marc Chagall in a house on Pokrovskaya Street, which in the early 1900s was built by the father of Marc Chagall and where the artist had spent his youthful years.
And then - delicious lunch in the restaurant.
Visiting 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, when the art was born that changed the world. The museum is high-tech and has exclusive multimedia equipment.
And today Vitebsk is also known as the musical capital of festivals. Since 1992, Vitebsk became the capital of the International Art Festival "Slavianski Bazaar", and during the excursion you will see the Summer Amphitheater - the musical arena, where it is held. Almost every year, new monuments are installed in the city, new cafes are opened, and local craftsmen are famous for their unique souvenirs. Vitebsk regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary Belarusian artists. No wonder it is called the cultural capital of Belarus!