The Independence Square is one of the main administrative hubs of Belarus. Here you will find the Government House with the Council of Ministers and the Chamber of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. Its construction started in the 1930s and it was the first building to emerge in the future square. Previously called Lenin Square, it still has a monument to Lenin in front of the Government House. It was given a new name – the Independence Square – in 1991, following the acquisition of sovereignty by Belarus.
To the right of the Government House, there are the surviving buildings of the early 20th century – the Church of Saints Simon and Helena and bijou art nouveau houses.
On the opposite side of the square, there are buildings that were erected post-war: the main building of the Belarusian State University, which is the leading university of the country, Minsk Metro Administration and Minsk City Executive Committee.
In the heart of Minsk's biggest square, there is a fountain crowned with three storks – the bird symbols of Belarus.
The underground Stolitsa Shopping Mall and parking lots are located under the Independence Square. Here you will find shops, cafes and bank services, such as currency exchange.
Nearest metro station: Lenin Square
Bus routes: 1, 69, 100, 119
Address: Independence Square
Stolitsa Shopping Mall opening hours: