17 August 2015

#951 Brest, Belarus

Belarus (BelarusianБелару́сьRussianБелару́сь), officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital is Minsk; other major cities include BrestHrodna (Grodno)Homiel (Gomel)Mahilioŭ (Mogilev) and Vitsebsk (Vitebsk). Over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometres (80,200 sq mi) is forested. Its strongest economic sectors are service industries and manufacturing.

About some facts written on the postcard:

Janka Kupala (Janka KupałaBelarusianЯ́нка Купа́ла; July 7 [O.S. June 25] 1882 - June 28, 1942) - was the pen name of Ivan Daminikavich Lutsevich (BelarusianІва́н Даміні́кавіч Луцэ́віч), a Belarusian poet and writer. Kupala is considered one of the greatest Belarusian-language writers of the 20th century.

Euphrosyne of Polotsk (or Polatsk, Połack) (BelarusianЕўфрасіння Полацкая; 1110 - 1173) was the granddaughter of a prince of Polotsk, Vseslav, and daughter of Prince Svyatoslav of Polotsk. She is one of the 15 patron saints of Belarus, whose lives are celebrated in the Belarusian Orthodox Church, on the first Sunday after Pentecost, a feast that was instituted in the year of her canonization in 1984.

Francysk Skaryna (or Skoryna; BelarusianФранцыск (Францішак) Скарына; ca. 1490–before 29 January 1552) was a Belarusian humanist, physician, translator and one of the first book printers in Eastern Europe, laying the groundwork for the development of the Belarusian language.

Victoria Azarenka (BelarusianВікторыя Фёдараўна АзаранкаŁacinka Viktoryja Fjodoraŭna Azaranka, RussianВикто́рия Фёдоровна Аза́ренко; born 31 July 1989) is a Belarusian professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 and is currently world No. 21 as of 17 August 2015.

Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potatoflour and egg, often flavored with grated onion or garlic and seasoning. Potato pancakes may be topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream or cottage cheese) to the sweet (such as apple sauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes to produce pancake-shaped croquettes.

Białowieża Forest (BelarusianБелавежская пушчаBiełaviežskaja PuščaPolishPuszcza BiałowieskaRussianБеловежская пущаBelovezhskaya Pushcha) is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. The forest is home to 800 European bison, Europe's heaviest land animal. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) designated the Polish Biosphere Reserve Bialowieza in 1976 and the Belarusian Biosphere Reserve Belovezhskaya Puschcha in 1993. In 2015, the Belarusian Biosphere Reserve occupied the area of 216,200 ha (2,162 km2; 835 sq mi), subdivided into transition, buffer and core zones. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an EU Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation. The World Heritage Committee by its decision of June 2014 approved the extension of the UNESCO World Heritage site “Belovezhskaya Pushcha/Białowieża Forest, Belarus, Poland”, which became “Białowieża Forest, Belarus, Poland”. It straddles the border between Poland (Podlaskie Voivodeship) and Belarus (Brest Voblast and Hrodna Voblast), and is 70 kilometres (43 miles) north of Brest, Belarus and 62 kilometres (39 miles) southeast of Białystok, Poland. The Białowieża Forest World Heritage site covers a total area of 141,885 ha (1,418.85 km2; 547.82 sq mi). Since the border between the two countries runs through the forest, there is a border crossing available for hikers and cyclists.

Dzyarzhynskaya hara (Belarusian Дзяржынская гара Dziaržynskaja hara) is the highest point in Belarus. The hill is 345 meters (1,130 ft) above sea level and is located west of Minsk, near Dzyarzhynsk, in the village Skirmuntava. The original name of the hill was Svyataya hara (Сьвятая гара). In 1958 the hill was renamed Dzyarzhynskaya hara, after Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the NKVD/KGB.

Thank you, Alexandra !

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