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Island of Tears, Minsk

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At Island of Tears, a sculpture of a guardian angel cries for Belarusian soldiers who died in the war in Afghanistan. Cross a flying arch bridge to get to the artificial island, also known as the "island of courage and sorrow." You'll see a large boulder with a bronze icon of the Mother of God at its entrance. In the center of the island is a memorial chapel surrounded by statues of mourning widows, mothers, and sisters. There are more than 770 names of Belarusians who died in Afghanistan inscribed on the walls of the chapel. The island’s surface is uneven; the many stones are meant to represent Afghan mountains. Willows, leaning over the water, symbolize sorrow. Use our Minsk trip itinerary site to visit Island of Tears on your trip to Minsk, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • On the island rests a calm in the old City of Minsk. The women who have grief and the crying Angel awaken emotions when you see the tears flowing from his eyes. Definitely worth a visit
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  • This island is connected to the waterfront by a bridge. Memorial in memory of the dead Soviet wars in Afghanistan.
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  • In rememberance of the fallen soldiers, the wounded and the handicapped in Afghanistan this monument is erected in 1996. It started ten years ago as more than eight hundred Belarusian soldiers died in Afghanistan and the berieved mothers cry is symbolically represented here. On the niche of the stone boulder the icon of Blessed Mother Mary and Child Jesus is depicted. This island is artificially created in the Svisloch river. This is monument that cries for ending all armed conflicts.
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