Since being in Minsk I explore the differences to the places I have grown up, know and am used to. And I am pretty sure that what I find interesting causes surprise for locals because it's ordinary and boring for them. Nevertheless, everyone has his/her own interests and sees things with different eyes. This section will be updated from time to time due to explorations from my side. And in case of any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Architecture and Geometry
This might be the a pretty awkward topic :-] I know that in the east prefabricated buildings (Plattenbau) are very unpopular and regarded as ugly. Still, I see them also differently. I see history, you can say at what time they were built and what idea was behind! In addition, even though you could argue them as sea of grey (prefabricated buildings), I can spot the claims to break the waves of grey: In forms (arches, circles,...), geometry, details, symmetries etc. And as I have been around in the three slavic countries of post-soviet space, I can say that in comparison to Ukraine and Russia the buildings here are in a (far) better condition and a lot more colours were used. Either for the whole building/complex (what means that it was taken care of on municipal level) or on private basis, where people set colour dots and paintings (inside of buildings like staircases and outside, in front of the door area and/or gardens).
And what I also like are the different entrances with different ornaments:
Not to say a lot here, except the fact that these „small“ cinemas are still existing. From my childhood (in Salzburg) I can also remember those smaller cinemas having maybe one or three screens and five was the maximum – and almost all disappeared because of the „known“ chains...
However, they are spread all over the city and I'd say that they cover „their“ neighbourhood/disctrict. Their names are typical and could be found all over the post-Soviet space - in case these facilities still exist. At least in Minsk they are well kept, in good shape and also modernised. As far as a I know there are about two of these big ones and I wonder if the smaller ones will go the same way one day as ours. I don't hope so because this also means the loss individuality... (more pictures to follow)
When it's about art, in Minsk/Belarus it seems that the amount of legacy mosaics was smaller than in comparison to Russia or Ukraine. I'll bring these on a later phase.
Instead, modern art is now filling grey walls – and they look awesome! But also small electricity or gas relays are very often painted and makes them prettier. I try to find as many as possible and mark them on a map.