Minsk Square, Bangalore

Seems like a long time ago that I volunteered (thanks, R_C) to do a writeup about Minsk Square in Bangalore. Thereafter, events sort of careened out of control that delayed the post. Less said about them, the better!

Minsk is the capital city of Belarus; more details here. Very interesting history I tell you but the thing that captured my attention was this line.

Construction of the metro began in 1977, soon after the city reached over a million people and the first line with 8 stations was opened in 1984.

I can only sigh! Anyway, here are photos of Minsk Square in Bangalore. Actually, this park is a memorial – 1 of the 4 in Bangalore – honouring the Unknown Soldier.






The place is a feast for the eyes and soul, though its bang in the middle of high density traffic. With careful monitoring and maintenence, this oasis can become a beautiful tourist attraction in Bangalore. The only worry – rampaging and uncaring visitors! Spot fines should solve the problem. The presence of ‘tourist police’ would be welcome.

In a reciprocative move, Minsk has returned the favour to us by having a ‘Bangalore Square’ in their city. From here :

Bangalore Square is on the outskirts of Minsk inside a park. It is the only place in Minks where public meetings are allowed.

Can anybody help by finding out the history of just when this park was named as Minsk Square? It will be included as an update and due credit given. Thanks!

6 Comments so far

  1. RDM (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    Looks interesting and worth for a visit.
    Where exactly in the city is this place?

  2. Shruthi (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Good snaps!
    Btw, you say this is one of the four places in Bangalore honouring the unknown soldier.. which and where are the other three?

  3. Sid (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    Really interesting stuff there.
    Being a huge F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan Minsk always rings a bell. Yeah and so tell us where exactly it is. And maybe even Google Eath image pointing it to us would be great(hehe)

  4. Sameer (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 4:28 pm

    found some interesting links:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minsk – Bangalore is a Sister City

    possibly a wwII Indian Soldiers connection.

  5. Mallik (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 8:48 pm

    Awsome pictures. I recently visited Bangalore. And Mysore as well. I love this city, for its trees. Very big and standing throgh the ages.

  6. Naveen (unregistered) on September 1st, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    Looks interesting and worth for a visit.
    Where exactly in the city is this place?

    Minsk Square is at the junction of Raj Bhawan Road (beyond GPO and towards the Cricket Stadium) and Cubbon Road. Its a four leg junction.

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