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The historic city of Grodno

Grodno is one of the oldest cities in Belarus. It was founded in the 11th century on the picturesque hilly banks of the Neman River. The city takes the first place among Belarussian towns in looking after its monuments. Unique relics and monuments of almost all periods of the human history (beginning from the 12th century), demonstrating the Belarussian people's high culture and great skill have survived in Grodno. The Orthodox Church of St. Boris and Gleb (its only one church in Belarus has been kept from the 12th century). The Old Castle (an architectural and historical monument of the 16th century); the New Castle (a historical monument of the 18th century); catholic churches and cloisters of the 17 to 18th centuries.

The Old Town is one of the most interesting sights of Grodno, where the city can show architectural styles of different epochs. There are 300,000 inhabitants in Grodno. The city has the Drama Theatre and the Puppet-Show, a Historical - Archaeological Museum. The Museum of the History of Religion - famous for the unique exhibits; the House-Museum of Outstanding Polish writer Eliza Ozheshko and The House-Museum of famous Belarussian poet Maxim Bagdanovich, dating back to the 19-20th centuries. Grodno has a Zoo, where animals from almost all corners of the earth have found a home, the State University, 7 institutes, 2 picture-galleries.