10 reasons to visit the Mogilev region

Unlike other regions of the country, Mogilev region remains a blank spot on the map for guests of Belarus. Tourists come to see the castles of Mir and Nesvizh, the majestic Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the courageous Brest Fortress, ancient architecture and temples of the Grodno region, the picturesque lake landscapes of the Vitebsk region, which many, if not all, have heard about. But the Mogilev region is greatly underestimated in terms of tourist attractiveness. Meanwhile, there is also a large number of attractions that keep in themselves the memory of centuries of history and their atmosphere.

We present to your attention 10 reasons for which it’s worth at least once to visit the Mogilev region.

  • To get acquainted with the «spare» capital of the BSSR.

  • To visit the field of Konstantin Simonov – Bujnichi field.

  • To see the impregnable fortress of the times of Napoleon in Bobruisk.

  • To plunge into the largest spring on the East European Plain – «Blue spring».

  • To see the miraculous face of Christ in the monastery in Pustynki.

  • To visit the Belarusian «Versailles» – the palace and park ensemble in Zhilichy.

  • To visit the estate of the favorite of Catherine II in Krichev.

  • To celebrate the Cucumber Day in Shklov.

  • To try craft cheeses at the «Gaspadarchy Cheese» festival in Slavgorod.

  • To sit at a desk at which the first President of Belarus was sitting, in Alexandria.

  • Mogilev
  • Bujnichi field
  • Bobruisk fortress
  • The Blue spring
  • The Assumption Monastery in Pustynki
  • Zhilichy Palace
  • The Potemkin Palace in Krichev
  • The Cucumber Day
  • Gaspadarchy Cheese
  • Museum School in Alexandria
        
  • Reason №1 – To get acquainted with the «spare» capital of the BSSR.     

    Mogilev is a city with a rich history. During the First World War, until March 1917, it was the military capital of the Russian Empire, the third most important center after St. Petersburg and Moscow, it was here that the residence of Emperor Nicholas II was located. And in 1939 it was planned to move the capital of the BSSR here and even the House of Soviets had been built by analogy with the Minsk House of Government. Despite the fact that the city was severely destroyed and most of the places of interest were ruined, a rather large number of unique objects remained in Mogilev: this is the highest Town Hall in Belarus, the longest pedestrian street in Belarus (1.5 km), the Mogilev men's gymnasium, where the first president of the Senate of the Hawaiian Islands Nikolai Sudzilovsky and the explorer of the North Otto Schmidt studied; a 17th-century mansion where the Emperor of Austria-Hungary Joseph II stayed in 1780 and signed the Russian-Austrian Treaty with Catherine II; St. Nicholas Monastery of the 17th century, where Emperor Nicholas II came to a prayer service; The Maslennikov Museum - a former peasant-land bank, where for the last time the main Orthodox relic of Belarus – the cross of Euphrosyne Polotskaya has been seen; The drama theater, and, of course, one of the symbols of the city – the monument to the Astrologer and the sundial on the Square of Stars. And this is not a complete list of interesting and fascinating places of the city.

  • Reason №2 – To visit the field of Konstantin Simonov – Bujnichi field.     

    The memorial complex «Bujnichi field» immortalizes the great memory of heros of the World War II, which for 23 days in July 1941 defended the city from Nazi invaders and managed to restrain Army Group Center, going to Moscow. Events from the Bujnichi field were reflected in the novel «Alive and Dead» by journalist Konstantin Simonov, who was sent there by the newspaper. At the end of the war, the writer repeatedly returned here, and later bequeathed to dispel his ashes over the Bujnichi field.

  • Reason №3 – To see the impregnable fortress of the times of Napoleon in Bobruisk.      

    The Bobruisk fortress was one of the most powerful and impregnable in all Europe in the XIX century. During the war of 1812, it was able to withstand a two-month siege of Napoleonic guns and stop the rapid advance of enemy troops in Moscow. And after the war the reconstructed fortress was used as a penal servitude for political prisoners, the first prisoners of which were the Decembrists. To date, several forts, gates and fragments of ramparts have been preserved from the fortifications of the Bobruisk fortress.

  • Reason №4 – To plunge into the largest spring on the East European Plain – «Blue spring».     

    «The Blue spring», or the Blue Well is one of the 7 wonders of Belarus. This is the largest spring not only in Belarus, but also on the entire East European Plain. The outflow is considered healing. Every year on August 14th, a large number of pilgrims come here to plunge and take water in the miraculous spring.

  • Reason №5 – To see the miraculous face of Christ in the monastery in Pustynki.     

    The Assumption Monastery in Pustynki attracts pilgrims from Belarus and Russia. First of all, people come here to see the face of Christ, which has miraculously appeared on one of the walls of the monastery. The image of Jesus is similar to that depicted on the Shroud of Turin. In addition, there is a healing spring, thanks to which the monastery arose.

  • Reason №6 – To visit the Belarusian «Versailles» – the palace and park ensemble in Zhilichy.     

    The Palace and Park Ensemble in Zhilichy is a palace complex of XIX century, belonged to the Bulgakov family, which in terms of the beauty of its interior decoration could compete on equal terms with the Radzivill estates. Each hall of the palace was individually decorated – stucco, sculptural plastic, bas-reliefs, gilding have survived to this day.

  • Reason №7 – To visit the estate of the favorite of Catherine II in Krichev.     

    The Potemkin Palace in Krichev is a Belarusian estate which, after the first division of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Catherine II gave possession to her favorite – Prince Grigory Potemkin. The building of the palace from a bird's eye view resembles the letter «E» – as a sign of devotion to the empress. Today in the building there are museum and registry office.

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  • Reason №8 – To celebrate the Cucumber Day in Shklov.     

    Shklov is called the «cucumber capital» of Belarus – this vegetable grown here since the 16th century. Every year, a seasonal fair is held in Shklov dedicated to the collection of summer crops, in which cucumbers predominate. Therefore, this fair was called «The Cucumber Day». The city even installed the «Monument to the Cucumber». In addition to cucumbers in Shklov, you should see the 18th-century Town Hall with adjoining merchants' rows.

  • Reason №9 – To try craft cheeses at the «Gaspadarchy Cheese» festival in Slavgorod.     

    Slavgorod is one of the district centers in the Mogilev region. Every year there is held the festival «Gaspadarchy cheese», where you can try and purchase homemade cheeses of various varieties. Even French UN representatives appreciated the craft cheeses of Slavgorod cheese-makers.

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  • Reason №10 – To sit at a desk at which the first President of Belarus was sitting, in Alexandria.     

    Alexandria is a small agro-town in Shklov District, which received its fame due to the fact that it is the small homeland of the first president of Belarus. Here is a school where he once studied and one room of which is occupied by a museum dedicated to the president. An annual festival of art «Alexandria Gathers Friends» is held in the village.

  • Mogilev

    Reason №1
    To get acquainted with the «spare» capital of the BSSR.

  • Bujnichi field

    Reason №2
    To visit the field of Konstantin Simonov – Bujnichi field.

  • Bobruisk fortress

    Reason №3
    To see the impregnable fortress of the times of Napoleon in Bobruisk.

  • The Blue spring

    Reason №4
    To plunge into the largest spring on the East European Plain – «Blue spring».

  • The Assumption Monastery in Pustynki

    Reason №5
    To see the miraculous face of Christ in the monastery in Pustynki.

  • Zhilichy Palace

    Reason №6
    To visit the Belarusian «Versailles» – the palace and park ensemble in Zhilichy.

  • The Potemkin Palace in Krichev

    Reason №7
    To visit the estate of the favorite of Catherine II in Krichev.

  • The Cucumber Day

    Reason №8
    To celebrate the Cucumber Day in Shklov.

  • Gaspadarchy Cheese

    Reason №9
    To try craft cheeses at the «Gaspadarchy Cheese» festival in Slavgorod.

  • Museum School in Alexandria

    Reason №10
    To sit at a desk at which the first President of Belarus was sitting, in Alexandria.

The Mogilev region is no less surprising and interesting than other regions of Belarus. Here you can see ancient estates, castles and fortresses, touch the history of ancient cities, visit unusual festivals and celebrations, worship shrines or simply feel the miraculous power of healing springs.
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