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Holidays in Belarus
A landlocked steppe, of which 40% is estimated to be covered in forests, Belarus holidays are best taken during the cool summer season.
In the city of Minsk, travellers on Belarus holidays will find relics of the old Soviet regime, such as the KGB building, side by side with modern hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.
The country is also home to four World Heritage Sites: the Mir Castle Complex—a medieval castle that was used as a ghetto for the local Jews during the Nazi occupation; the Niasvizh Castle—home to the Corpus Christi Church, the first Jesuit temple patterned after Il Gesu in Rome, and the first domed basilica with a Baroque façade in the world; the Belovezhskaya Pushcha (shared with Poland)—one of the last and largest remaining tracts of primeval forests in the world; and the Struve Geodetic Arc (shared with nine other countries)—a chain of survey triangulations from Norway to the Black Sea, meant to determine the exact size and shape of the earth (the triangulation chain was established from 1816 and1855 and has 258 main triangles and 265 geodetic vertices).
Belarusian cuisine is prepared from vegetables, meat (mainly pork), and breads. Food is usually slowly cooked or stewed. The average Belarusian typically eats a light breakfast and two hearty meals, with dinner being the heaviest meal of the day. When greeting guests, a Belarusian host traditionally presents a piece of bread and salt to welcome them. Extremely popular in Belarus are Russian wheat vodka and kvass, a soft drink made from malted brown bread or rye flour.