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Belovezhskaya Pushcha - Brest Fortress - Brest

On November 14-15, 2020, a team of RUE "Beltamozhservice" employees visited the historical and cultural sites of the Brest region - "National Park" Belovezhskaya Pushcha "," Memorial complex "Brest Fortress-Hero", "Archaeological Museum" Berestye ", Brest Museum of Railway Engineering, as well as sights of the historical and modern part of the city of Brest

Acquaintance with the Brest southwestern region of Belarus on the first day began with Belovezhskaya Pushcha - a national symbol, the main natural attraction of the Belarusian land. The Museum of Folk Life and Ancient Technologies located on the territory of the reserve, where household items and utensils of the inhabitants of Belovezhskaya Pushcha of the 19th century, their culture, traditions and everyday life are presented, warmly welcomed its Minsk guests. Here I managed to taste "Pushcha's" treats in the Khutorok cafe, get acquainted with the process of home brewing, and delve into the intricacies of crafts.

In the process of moving to the Estate of Santa Claus, a mighty six-hundred-year-old patriarch oak (2 meters in diameter and 31 meters high), which is an old-timer of the reserve, was visited. At the estate, our group was met by Grandpa himself, dressed in his red clothes. The owner of the New Year's holidays shared his pre-holiday mood, presented gifts, talked with travelers. The meeting ended with a shared photo.

After lunch, the excursion program continued with acquaintance with the living inhabitants of the reserve in open-air cages, and then the participants of the excursion proceeded to the Museum of Nature, where they got acquainted in more detail with the species of animals that now exist and previously existed on the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

The second day of our trip began with a visit to the Museum of Railway Technology, where steam locomotives of the pre-war, military and post-war generations with trailed trains of passenger and freight cars are visually presented in full size.

The next object of visit was the Brest Hero Fortress. Thanks to the talented guide Zakhar Grigorievich, our group managed to immerse themselves as much as possible in the tragic military events of these places. On June 22, 1941, the enemy invaded the borders of the USSR, our Motherland. The Brest Fortress was one of the first to take a blow from the Nazi invaders, and the war began. The desperate confrontation lasted for about a month instead of the eight-hour assault on the fortress planned by the German command. The defenders of the fortress, our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, fought to the death, not sparing their lives, for the sake of their families and relatives, for us. And the memory of this must be passed on from generation to generation, invariably and impartially.

"The Archaeological Museum" Berestye "presented to our attention a craft quarter located at a depth of 4 meters from the floor of the museum. These are 28 wooden residential and utility buildings of the 13th century, two street pavements, a palisade, the remains of adobe stoves. The archaeological collection of Berestye has about 43 thousand items.

The final note of our program was a tour of the evening Brest. The ancient and modern parts of the city are separated by the Mukhavets River. From the western part, the city is washed by the Western Bug. The evening exposition of low (for military reasons) cultural and civil buildings is very attractive. The city beckons with the coziness of small and neat streets with numerous monuments and forged figures. Temples in the city are especially graceful, and their grandeur is emphasized in the night illumination.

In Brest, there is a special ritual of lighting lanterns in the evening. Our group managed to personally observe this: the lamplighter Viktor Petrovich lit 17 kerosene lanterns at dusk. After that, at the request of our group, general and personal photos were taken for memory.

In conclusion, I would like to add that, according to forecasts, it should have been raining throughout the weekend (November 14-15). However, by the beginning of the excursion program, the rain stopped, thereby allowing you to enjoy the memorable places of our Motherland dear to the heart of every Belarusian.

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