INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPES

Minsk Tractor Works

Minsk Tractor Works
NB: Access restricted To many people across the world, the word ‘BELARUS’ is associated with tractors that are produced in Minsk. Minsk Tractor Works accounts for around 10% of wheeled tractors produced globally. The factory occupies a huge area between Daŭhabrodskaja, Vaŭpšasava, Radyjalnaja and Pierahodnaja streets. A whole residential district was built to accommodate the workers of this giant. Unfortunately, the factory is having hard times, struggling to compete on the global market. As a result, the territory of the factory is often packed with unsold stocks of tractors. Place of interest: From the side of the bridge in Vaŭpšasava street there is a  north-bound narrow motorway pass between garages. From here you can spot a high bridge that belongs to the factory. Tractors are regularly seen moving on this bridge.
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Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ)

Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ)
NB: Access restricted MAZ is located at the end of Partyzanski Avenue between Sacyjalistyčnaja and Mašynabudaŭnikoŭ streets. The plant was founded in early 1940s at the premises of Red Army military units by Germans who built there several vehicle-repair workshops. When Minsk was liberated in 1944, the workshops were expanded into an automobile plant, which nowadays manufactures heavy machinery – trucks, dump vehicles and buses. The plant is a huge closed ‘city within the city’ with its own streets. Unfortunately, access to the plant is not permitted unless you secure a special arrangement with the management prior to the visit. Place of interest: the main entrance is in Sacyjalistyčnaja street. Several old-generation trucks are showcased next to the entrance.
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Kastryčnickaja street

Kastryčnickaja street
The street is famous for university campus and authentic buildings of the enterprises that were built more than a century ago and have survived till now. The early 20th-century red-brick buildings create a special historic feel for this quiet area. With virtually no cars moving around, the street's landscapes have become one of the favorite spots for local photographers. On weekdays, the only vehicle allowed to cross the bridge over Svislač River in the beginning of the street is tram No 2. The area is home to several popular bars. In the view of many locals, Kastryčnickaja street is best suited to become an art quarter in the city but Town Hall is not rushing to put this idea into reality.
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  • Address: Metro station Pieršamajskaja

Minsk central heating pipeline networks (former TEC-2)

Minsk central heating pipeline networks (former TEC-2)
The complex of the Minsk central heating networks that supply heating to central districts of the city is situated on the bank of Svislač River between Trascianieckaja and Industryjalnaja streets. The company's first building, constructed in 1934, was heavily damaged during World War II but regained authentic appearance after reconstruction.   Place of interest: There’s a dam and a beautiful artificial lake down the river. Note that swimming and fishing there is prohibited, since this is a technical water storage facility for the thermal power station No 2. Across the river, there are hills in Paliavaja street - one of the best spots in the city to watch industrial landscapes. The city's main cycling route runs on the river bank alongside the heating networks complex.
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TEC-3

TEC-3
TEC-3 occupies a huge territory between Bechcierava and Radyjalnaja streets. It supplies heat to the largest industrial hub that consists of Minsk Tractor Works, Minsk Automobile Plant, Minsk Motor Plant, Minsk Bearing Plant and other factories. Chimneys, cooling towers, endless central heating pipe networks, industrial railway lines and power grids combined with the proximity of numerous factories make this district one of the largest industrial areas in Minsk. Industrial views are best spotted from the hill in Anharskaja street.
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  • Address: 14 Ameljanjuka St. Getting there: Metro station Aŭtazavodskaja, bus 87с, 117с, trolleybus 92 (TEC-3 stop)
  • Website: TEC-3

TEC-4 and Zachodni (Western) industrial hub

TEC-4 and Zachodni (Western) industrial hub
When the construction of TEC-4, Minsk's biggest thermal power plant, began in 1975, the industrial hub was situated 7 km from the city's western boundaries. Since then, however, Minsk's westward expansion has embraced two new neighborhoods -  Malinaŭka and Sucharava – that are separated from TEC-4 by the Minsk Beltway. The vast territory between these two districts is not suitable for housing projects due to environmental hazards: the winds are blowing emissions exactly in this direction. There are several spots around this industrial hub from where you can see picturesque landscapes of fields, the city, a forest or a lake with the TEC-4 chimneys and power grids at the background. Place of interest: grandiose cooling towers serve to extract waste heat to the atmosphere through the cooling of a water stream to a lower temperature. The towers emit the “white smoke” which in fact is an environment-friendly steam. Inside the cooling towers falls the rain invisible from the outside, as water falling from the 50-meter height is broken by several grids. This way, water is cooled down faster and no waterfall effect is created. Main  Photo by: Konstantin Harlamov
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  • Address: 6 Mantažnikaŭ St. Getting there: bus No 138, 142 (Vulica Mantažnikaŭ stop)
  • Website: TEC-4

Šabany and Free Economic Zone “Minsk”

Šabany and Free Economic Zone “Minsk”
The Šabany residential area on the outskirts of the city has a somewhat doubtful reputation as a neighborhood where getting into a trouble may be easier than in the rest of the city. The remoteness of this neighborhood may have played the role in that: residential quarters are separated from the city by a vast industrial area that includes an aeration station, a waste-processing plant, a precast factory and the free economic zone “Minsk”. The latter accommodates numerous warehouses, office buildings and trade centers.
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  • Address: Getting there: bus No 9, 61, 93 (Laznieva-pralny kompleks stop)

“Сemetery of lifting cranes”

“Сemetery of lifting cranes”
Place of interest: 27 Sialickaha St. Known by local industrial landscape fans as the “cemetery of lifting cranes”. Place of interest: 15 Sialickaha St. The precast factory showcases its products, including a natural-size metro tunnel concrete ring, next to the main entrance.
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  • Address: 27 Sialickaha St.

Alivaryja Beer Brewery

Alivaryja Beer Brewery
One of Minsk's oldest landmarks, Alivaryja brewery is located close to the city center. It was founded as far back as in 1864, but its first brick building was constructed 30 years later when the brewery was owned by the-then Mayor of Minsk, Count Karol Czapski. The first authentic buildings are still here today and can be spotted from Bahdanoviča and Kisialiova streets. The brewery has undergone numerous reconstructions. During the latest reconstruction, builders found the German inscription BRAUEREI MINSK on the authentic red-brick walls – the evidence that the brewery continued to operate during the 1941-44 occupation by the Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, Alivaryja has recently shut down its beer pubs at the brewery, turning them into the Beer Museum. Sightseeing tours can be booked online. Fee: BYR 100.000, approx. 10$.   Alivaryja is not the only brewery in Minsk. Krynica brewery in Radyjalnaja street was founded in 1977. Several small-size private breweries are also operating in Minsk.
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  • Address: 30 Kisialova St., Getting there: trolleybus No 37, 46, 53, 53n, bus No 38, 91 (Praspekt Mašerava stop), bus No 39, 18, 26, 44, 136, 29, 29n, tram 3, 4, 5 (Vulica Maksima Bahdanoviča stop).
  • Contact data: + 375 29 500-17-55, + 375 29 500-17-60, + 375 17 239-58-05
  • Website: Alivaryja Beer Brewery