Modern Minsk

Minsk Passazhirsky Railway Station

Minsk Passazhirsky Railway Station

This postcard of Minsk Passazhirsky railway station comes from Dmitry, a 23 year-old journalist from Belarus. The station is the main passenger terminal in Belarus, located in the country’s capital. The station was built in 1873 as Vilnius station. The engineers arrived in Belarus to build the station and all the locals pretended to be Lithuanian until construction was completed, hence the name. Okay, I’m lying. But that would have been hilarious. The wooden building was demolished in 1890 and rebuilt in stone. Then during world war 1, the station was completely destroyed and was rebuilt from 1945-1946. It remained like that until 1991, when it was upgraded. It took 11 years to finish the project as a result of financial difficulties but it was done and Minsk now boasts one of the most modern railway stations in all of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS.) Always interesting to learn about this quiet country.