Battlefield and Historical Tours
Fort tours are getting extremely popular nowadays. While in Belarus you can also go on a tour of famous battlefields.
In the country you can visit the Khatyn Memorial and Mound of Glory, Brest Fortress and Stalin’s Line, World War I battlefields, monuments honoring victories over Napoleon and Carl XII of Sweden, and memorial signs of Dark Ages fights.
Throughout its history the entire territory of Belarus has witnessed numerous wars and conflicts. The chronology of wars in Belarus can be easily recognized through the monuments and memorials placed across the country.
Belarusians successfully defended their homeland from invasions both from west and east. The Belarusian principalities managed to join their efforts and evade the Mongol yoke. In 1249 the Belarusian army defeated Tatars and Mongols near Krutogorye (present-day Dzerzhinsk, Minsk Oblast). Belarusian warriors claimed victories over Muscovites near Orsha and over Teutonic knights at Grunewald.
One can also find traces of Viking settlements in Belarus. The famous From Varangians to Greeks route ran through Belarusian territory.
Two Belarusian sites witnessed battles of the Great Northern War. In 1708 the village of Golovchin, Belynichi District, Mogilev Oblast, became the place of the last major victory for Carl XII of Sweden, while Lesnaya village, Slavgorod District, Mogilev Oblast, saw the Russian army led by Peter the Great defeat the 12,000-strong Sweden corps.
A lot of places in Belarus saw victories over Napoleon’s army. The monuments and chapels honoring the victims of the 1812 war have been erected on Brilevo field near Borisov, Minsk Oblast; Vorony village, Vitebsk District; Kliastitsy village, Rossony District, Vitebsk Oblast; Saltanovka village, Mogilev District.
Renowned Russian military leader Alexander Suvorov spent several years in his estate in Kobrin, Brest Oblast. The estate is a museum today.
Buinichskoye field near Mogilev saw fierce battles of different epochs, such as a peasant uprising in 1595, a battle with French forces in 1812 and heroic battles against the Nazi in 1941.
Mogilev also saw the final moments of the Russian Empire. During World War I the Emperor’s headquarters were located in Mogilev. And it was Mogilev where Nikolai II abdicated the throne.
The offensive of the Russian army in World War I started near the Naroch lake in 1916.
Belarus hosts numerous historical festivals every year. Enthusiasts reconstruct famous battles of the past, from Dark Ages to World War II.
Tourists can also visit the reconstruction of the Middle Ages knight tournaments.
One can visit the Stalin’s Line historic and cultural complex near Minsk. There tourists can see pillboxes and other fortifications of World War II first hand.
The Belarusian land boasts a lot of hidden treasures. Treasure hunters regularly replenish Belarusian museums with unique finds.
The historic heritage of Belarus is impressive. Come and see it yourselves!