About Belarus

Dyatlovo or Zhetl

updated on 13.10.2014

Dyatlovo is a city on the Dyatlovka River, 165 km away from Grodno. In the past its residents always called the city Zetelo or Zdenciol... Read full article

Jews of Novogrudok

updated on 21.09.2014

The sources on Novogrudok Jewish community are scarce though it has been established that the number of towns with permanent Jewish population started to grow in 16 century... Read full article

Novogrudok - the capital of the Grand Duchy

updated on 21.09.2014

Mentioned in the Chronicles also as Novogorodok and Novy Gorodok, Novogrudok is one of the country’s oldest cities. While scientists argue about 1044 or 1219 being... Read full article

Baranovichy or Baranowicze (Western Belarus)

updated on 27.08.2014

Capitalism development and the growth of the domestic market along with economic and strategic considerations forced the tsar government of the... Read full article


updated on 21.08.2014

Ilia borough – today a village - acquired a pretty interesting street system as it was expanding. Ilia was first mentioned in 1475 as a yard of Sakovich... Read full article

graves.by - it might change Belarus!

updated on 16.08.2014

The only evidence of a man’s being on this earth very often is a tombstone. Regrettably, these collapse because of maltreatment or age or simply sink into the ground... Read full article

Lyakhovichy - one out of many shtettls...

updated on 16.08.2014

For the first time Lyakhovichy (Russian: Ë˙őîâč÷č. Yiddish: לעכעוויטש) is mentioned in the chronicles in 1492 as the center of Lyakhovichy area. At that point it wasn’t... Read full article


updated on 28.07.2014

According to one of the legends explaining the origin of the city a Jew called Mottl established a tavern at the intersection of trade itineraries and around... Read full article

Minsk - history and present days

updated on 15.08.2013

Minsk was founded about nine hundred years ago as a border fortress of Polotsk Principality – one of the first states in the modern territory of Belarus. It was first mentioned... Read full article

National Historic Archive of Belarus in Grodno

updated on 01.07.2012

The most interesting papers come from the Office of the Grodno governor, Grodno Gubernia authority, Grodno Gubernia Statistics Committee... Read full article

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How do I apply for a Belarus tourist visa?
updated on 13.02.2017

Applying at their local Belarus Consulate, the citizens of migration-secure states (e.g. the USA, Canada, Japan and others) can obtain a short-term...

Filling in Belarus visa application
updated on 02.01.2017

The form of application for a visa to Belarus has become digital and you can save and send it as a PDF file. It is only a 2-page document that is available...

Can I get insurance for Belarus online?
updated on 06.02.2017

Well, yes you can! To apply for a Belarus tourist visa you must supply an insurance policy that stipulates it covers Belarus. Your global insurance does so but...

Anything I should know about landing in MSQ Minsk Airport?
updated on 08.02.2017

Quite a number of things, as a matter of fact. Let’s examine a typical case from my travel agent’s past with a traveler landing in Minsk Airport (MSQ) and applying for a visa...

How do I apply for a Belarus private/guest visa?
updated on 01.02.2017

People, who want to travel to Belarus to see a friend, take care of the grave of a relative, take part in the court hearings, etc. need to apply for a private visa... 

Tour Belarus for family research
updated on 16.05.2013

This article covers field family research in Belarus that in most cases comes after dealing with the State archives of Belarus and genealogical research.

Is plastic card better than cash when in Belarus?
updated on 14.10.2016

A plastic card is a fine thing, no doubt, but there have been a number of cases when the ATM displayed ERROR, or required a PIN code...

Traditional souvenirs from Belarus?
updated on 18.10.2016

While most tourists agree that Belarus is not the country for grand shopping, there are still some things that can be brought back as souvenirs...