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Cabin Feature: Minsk!

Published: January 5, 2020

This month, our cabin spotlight is Minsk! Minsk is one of the cabins where campers live during the summer, and is named for the city of Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Belarus is a country bordering Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, and a large portion of the population speaks Russian as a native language. Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, is a native of Belarus and currently lives in Minsk. Minsk is the largest city in Belarus and the eleventh largest city in Europe; Minsk is home to about 2 million people. Minsk is a very old city, with Slavic peoples settling in the area as early as the 9th century AD. Minsk has been part of many different political entities throughout its history, including Kieven Rus’, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian empire, the Belorussian SSR, and now Belarus. Minsk is located on two rivers, the Svisloch and the Nyamiha, and Minsk has mild summers and relatively cold winters. Generally considered the cultural capital of Belarus, Minsk is home to 11 theaters and 16 museums, as well as 12 national universities.