"Back in USSR" walking tour
Great history of the exemplary socialist settlement of Stalin's period was mixed with little stories of its constructors and inhabitants in order to become an entire narrative. Partly constructed by Soviet people including purged prisoners in brutal conditions of the winter of 1940, mostly it was built together with Minsk Tractor Work after WWII by German prisoners of war and Belarusian villagers who occupied the city after the war. The settlement built in the classic Stalin's style became a symbol of epoch and a symbol of Belarusian capital's rebirth, a symbol of giving back of "urbanity" to the Belarusians, a model for constructing other Soviet industrial settlements, nice and cosy home for a number of Soviet working families, an ambient décor for motion picture filming, a source of inspiration for a number of poets and artists. All the seventy years of its crash workdays and red celebrations are in one tour! After the tour you'll have a chance to visit legendary Minsk Tractor work!
This is a walking tour. No needs for any car. We just need to meet at metro station "Traktarny zavod" (exit to the main entrance of Minsk Tractor work).
You'll see: Minsk Tractor Works (main entrance) and Lenin's monument nearby, sport grounds (including a ground for the game "Gorodki") at bul'var Traktarabudaŭnikoŭ (Tractrors Manufacturers avenue), small-scale sculpture of 1950-s, church of John Baptizer's Birth and former Pijanierski skvier (Pioneers garden), front buildings of the street Alieha Kašavoha, public institutions of vulica Stachanaŭskaja, housing of 1945-50-s on vulica Čabatarova (popular ground for movie making), House of Stakhanovistes (soviet top performers), "House with mermaids", house for officers-pilots (1940), former and modern Palaces of Culture of Minsk Tractor Works (1940-1950-s) etc.
After the tour you'll have a chance to visit legendary Minsk Tractor Work with its actual production facilities (at option, at a cost). Endpoint just at the same metro station.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: metro station "Traktarny zavod" exit, the direction of the main entrance of Minsk Tractor Work.
Meeting at the lobby of your hotel or at any other point of Minsk is possible as well (the transfer to tour's start point has to be paid additionally).
End location: metro station "Traktarny zavod" exit, the direction of the main entrance of Minsk Tractor Work.
End of the tour at the lobby of your hotel or at any other point of Minsk is possible as well (the transfer has to be paid additionally).
Duration: 2 hours
I'm not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or arrange a car/a driver for you (the prices depend on this). Note! A separate driver is another one local person who can tell you something interesting about the country!
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This tour about the Soviet industrial settlement of Minsk Tractor Works offers a fascinating view on how work and social life were intertwined in Soviet times and how the state was trying to provide for industrial workers. Raman, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and interesting, as well as perfectly fluent in French, which was unexpected as we had booked a tour in English.