· Minsk is the capital and the largest city in Belarus. Over the almost thousand years of its history, Minsk has been the centre of a principality, a voivodeship, an Imperial governorate and a former USSR republic. At different times the city was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian Empire and the USSR. The Great Patriotic War left the city in ruins, and most of the city is post-war architecture. Still, some historical buildings survived, and many buildings have been restored. You can catch a glimpse of the past at Svabody square, Trinity Hill (also known as the Trinity Suburb) and Rakaūskaje District.