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The official name of Belarus, a country located in eastern Europe, is the Republic of Belarus. It is bordered by the countries of Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania. The official languages are Belarusian and Russian. However, Russian is the more widely spoken of the two. The official currency is the Belarusian Ruble. The religions practiced there are primarily Eastern Orthodox Christian and Roman Catholic.

The continental climate of Belarus creates snow covering from December to April, rainy weather in August and June, and the hottest weather in the month of July. The temperature ranges from a low of 18°F to a high of 66°F.

Palace of Republic, Minsk
Palace of Republic, Minsk, Belarus
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Its capital city is Minsk with an interesting mix of the old and the new. Interspersed throughout its clean streets, one will find new nightclubs and sushi bars as well as the KGB building and other original Soviet structures. It is the largest Belarusian city and is home to impressive churches and cathedrals, universities, and many government buildings.

Minsk is the country's main transportation hub, and it features extensive local public transport options. There are two international airports (Minsk International Airport and Minsk-1), a rapid transit subway system, bus lines, trolleybus lines and tramway lines.

Theatres in the city include the National Academic Big Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Yanka Kupala National Drama Theatre and the Maxim Gorky National Drama Theatre. Museums include the National Arts Museum, National History and Culture Museum, Great Patriotic War Museum, and the Old Belarusian History Museum.

Winter Landscape in Minsk
Winter Landscape in Minsk
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Hrodna, a beautiful cosmopolitan city, offers numerous historic buildings for sightseers. It has been held by both Lithuania and Poland and survived World War II, at least structurally. A Polish palace and several churches remain.

Brest Fortress, a World War II memorial, portrays the courage of its defenders within its stonewalls. It is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays. Dudutki Open Air Museum is a veritable treasure house of Belarusian country life including pottery, carpentry, crafts, and baking. This museum includes a windmill, working farm, and old hay and wooden houses.

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