ROSA LUXEMBURG STREET
In order to get a feel of how people used to live in Minsk in 1960s, take Minsk Metro and get off at Hrušaŭka station, proceeding to Rosa Luxemburg Street. Locals call this neighborhood Rozačka ('Rosette' in English).
These quarters were built on the site of a former German settlement. Even today, you will be pointed to a “small German park”, where a Lutheran church used to stand. Nowadays, the park accommodates a playground for children.
This neighborhood is built up with khrushchevki - five-storey panel buildings constructed in the times of Nikita Khrushchev’s rule in late 1950s-1960s. Those buildings had apartments with low ceilings and walk-through rooms: nothing of a luxury lifestyle. Yet, finally, they provided some privacy for thousands of Minskers who spent painful post-war years in hutments and shared apartments aka komunalka.
Although many believe this neighborhood to be populated mostly by alcoholics and rags, the real residents here are quite ordinary. Students and creative minds like to rent out apartments here because of its quiet and cozy feel. Architecturally, the neighborhood is dominated by the Municipal Hospital No 4, its building bearing the typicality of… Guess what? Stalin Empire style.