Our Unknown Motherland
Belarus is located in the very heart of Europe. It’s interesting to know that by its territory our country exceeds the Netherlands, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Do you travel, discover new countries, get acquainted with new people and collect vivid impressions, but Belarus is still terra incognita? It’s time to make up for this unfortunate overlook. Let’s become acquainted!
In the Middle Ages, the lands which are now modern Belarus were called the Country of Castles. Today it is more often called “blue-eyed”, the country of thousands of lakes. And thanks to forests, which occupy one third of the territory of the country, and the unique swamps it is also called the “lungs of Europe”.v
Belarus attracts foreigners by its unique nature, the beauty of which doesn’t strike the eye. Indeed, Belarus has no high mountains or seas which traditionally attract travellers. But the country has many other beautiful places that are truly unique in Europe and even in the world. There are still corners of intact nature in Belarus, where men have never stepped foot before, but where animals and birds feel very cozy. Our country is well-known in the world among fans of ecotourism, biologists, photographers and birdwatchers.
The geographical position of the Republic of Belarus made it open for the influence of other cultures. Probably due to this reason, one of the main traits of the Belarusian character – tolerance, patience to other religions, views, outlooks – was formed.
What do you personally know about our Motherland?
Try your own powers in solving a quiz about our native country, its history, nature and sights. Good luck!
Yulya Yukhnovich, a teacher of English