Barysaŭ

Tourists usually come to Barysaŭ to follow in the footsteps of Napoleon's army. Both the town and the district have preserved a lot of memorials to the War of 1812.

Bridgeheads (or tête de pont in French) were erected by the Russians on the eve of the War of 1812 in order to defend the town. The steep ramparts are still impressive and are one of the main attractions.

The village of Studzionka and the Brylevsky field near Barysaŭ were the sites where the fate of both Napoleon's army and the whole Europe was at stake. The village of Studzionka in the Barysaŭ region is the place where Napoleon crossed the Biarezina river in 1812. On 25 December the French Emperor and his army approached  Barysaŭ, but the bridge across the river had been burned down.  The Dutch pontooners had to build temporary river crossings of over 100m long. There are rumours that when escaping for his life and the lives of his soldiers, Napoleon abandoned 5t of silver and 300kg of gold by throwing it into the river.

There are other things to see in the town except the artefacts of the War of 1812. The historical centre of the town preserves a lot of buildings of the 19th–20th centuries. You attention will be immediately drawn to the colourful Russian Revival Resurrection Cathedral. The building of the former synagogue is across the street. Very close to the square is the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary.

Borisov Arena is one of the more modern buildings that deserve your attention. Borisov Arena meets all international standards and has hosted matches of the Champions League and Europa League.

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