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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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  • This memorial’s purpose is to remember the young men who lost their life during the Afghan war (the one between 1979 and 1988). The bronze statues around the monument represent the mothers of these... 
    This memorial’s purpose is to remember the young men who lost their life during the Afghan war (the one between 1979 and 1988). The bronze statues around the monument represent the mothers of these...  more »
  • The island is really small, but has a ton of charm with some neat statues. There's a lot of history depicted there, and I highly recommend visiting it. 
    The island is really small, but has a ton of charm with some neat statues. There's a lot of history depicted there, and I highly recommend visiting it.  more »
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  • Very moving monument, the monument is to those fallen as a result of Afghanistan war. Meaningful and touching design , creates emotional and deeply moving experience..
  • While I've been here, I felt sad , this place is a man made island attached to the historic Trinity district of Minsk by a footbridge, dedicated to the soldiers who perished in the conflict involving Soviet forces in Afghanistan .Built at the end of the war in 1988, the island's focal point is a small chapel surrounded by statues of those who were left to mourn the dead - widows, mothers, sisters. Inside the names of over 700 Belarusian soldiers who died in the war are inscribed. You'll also find a statue of a young guardian angel who continues to literally shed tears for those lost in violent conflict worldwide.

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