Brest - A city with nearly 350,000 inhabitants with a thousand-year history. Located in western Belarus, it currently serves as the capital of the Brest District in the Republic of Belarus. The city is part of the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Tsarist Russia, the Second Polish Republic and the USSR.
Brest, thanks to 1000 years of history, combines culture and traditions of many nations, creating a unique image of the city. The location on the border between east and west cultures meant that for 1000 years Brest was a place of important events affecting the present appearance of this part of the region.
What can we visit in Brest?
Brest Fortress - is a set of fortifications built by the Russian Empire in the nineteenth century at the mouth of the Muchawiec River to the Bug River. It consists of: the citadel, the star gate, a monument with the face of a soldier entitled "Bravery," a bayonet spire, the cathedral of St. Nicholas, sculpture of a crawling soldier entitled "Desire", Terespol Gate and Chełmska Gate, Brest Fortress Museum, War Museum, Art Museum, Archaeological Museum, numerous forts.
Archaeological Museum - located in the Brest Fortress showing the medieval Brest from the 11th-13th century with the remainder of well-preserved wooden buildings. The museum also has many finds discovered by archaeologists.
Culture and Recreation Park May 1 (formerly May 3) - over 100 years old park. Over 100 tree species grow on an area of 50 ha. Within the park there are artificial lakes with fountains, bridges, an amphitheater, funfair, stalls, cafes. There is also an indoor shooting range in the park.
Lenin Square - there are three monumental buildings that were built during the Polish rule. These are: the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (formerly the Bank of Poland), the building of the Regional Executive Committee (the Voivodship Office used to operate here) and the Municipal Hospital. The Committee and the Hospital separate the Lenin monument.
Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross - the temple was founded in the nineteenth century, and on its walls you can find several boards in Polish. Inside is stored a wonderful picture of Our Lady of Salvation. In the courtyard in front of the church there is a modern statue of Pope St. John Paul II.
Brest History Museum - located at Lewaniewski Street in one of the houses of the former Polish clerical colony. In the museum you can see the history of the city from its inception to modern times. Exhibits can be seen in several rooms related to the history of Brest, models of the former city and other curiosities.
Museum of Recovered Artworks - located at Lenina Street. In the museum you can see collections of exhibits from around the world confiscated from smugglers who tried to take them out of the country. These include rare paintings, icons, vases, porcelain, tableware, furniture.
Saveckaja Street - this is the main promenade of the city where the most visited restaurants and shops are. On the southern part of the promenade there are 2 rows of gas lanterns, which are lit by the city lighter every evening. Moving around Saviecka Street, we also come across many interesting monuments that relate to local legends.
Brest Millennium Monument - located on Saviecka Street and commemorates the history of the city. At its top you can see the Archangel Michael, and below the prince Witold, Mikołaj Radziwiłł Czarny, prince Włodzimierz, a woman in a national costume and a soldier defender of the fortress.
Orthodox church Bracka, otherwise known as the church of St. Nicholays - an Orthodox temple from the beginning of the 20th century located in Brest at Soviet 10 Street. It was built from donations of sailors and officers who participated in the Russian-Japanese war.
Railway station - built in the 1870s and 1880s, during the construction of the iron railway from Warsaw to Moscow. The current architectural image in the socialist style the station gained in the post-war period.
Winter Garden - in the garden there are plants from different parts of the world, from different climate zones as well as aquariums and parrots. It is located at Mickiewicza Street.