Island of Tears
This memorial complex is the embodiment of mothers' tears of fallen soldiers-internationalists, who gave their lives in the name of world politics. The island is located in the middle of the Svisloch River, and you can get there only by passing through the bridge. There’s a huge boulder with a bronze icon of the Mother of God on the island. In the centre of the island there’s a chapel — a monument to «Sons of the Motherland, who died beyond its borders». The monument in appearance resembles the temple Euphrosyne of Polotsk in the city of Polotsk. If you enter the chapel you’ll see four altars carved with the names of 771 dead soldiers. Everyone can light a candle or an icon-lamp for the warriors. Strings, stretched from the dome of the chapel to the stone floor, say, that when a strong wind is rises, the strings start to vibrate and one can hear a sound coming from them that is very similar to the cry of women, mourning their sons.
The island is surrounded by weeping willows that drop their branches, as if their tears, into the water of Svisloch. Predominantly on the right side of the island there’re boulders with the bronze inscriptions of Afghanistan provinces, where military actions occurred. Every year on February 15 the veterans of the War in Afghanistan gather on the island to honor the memory of those who were killed in battles and those who died from the mental and physical wounds after returning to their homes.
Very beautiful place. Surprisingly quiet and relaxing, although a rating from the city centre of Minsk.
Very interesting monument, unfortunately closed at night
Very beautiful place, if you go for sightseeing, then you need to visit for sure!
Beautiful place, and I want to sit somewhere and enjoy the beautiful scenery, but it was not there. Sat with a girl on the grass as we approached the guard and said that this is not the place to stay and advised us to leave as soon as possible...
A monument for mothers of soldiers who died in Afghanistan war
The Isle of Tears is a monument for the soldiers from Belarus who died in foreign wars and the centrepiece is a temple that features grieving mothers, wives and sisters. The names of the 771 soldiers who died in the Afghanistan war (1979 to 1988) are inscribed inside. In the centre soil from a number of the graves and from a battlefield in in Afghanistan is sealed in a capsule.
On the plaque near the temple laid in 1991 it says "This Temple and Memorial was erected to the Sons who died in Afghanistan on the instruction of Belarusian mothers who want no evil to reign in their native land or in any other land” but when the monument opened in 1996 it was for all Belarusian soldiers who had lost their lives overseas.
Nearby is a guardian angel that cries constantly as he was unable to protect the soldiers from death.
The area is popular with newlyweds who often visit war memorials on their wedding day to pay homage to those who have fallen in war and at this memorial it is a belief that if the bride rubs the angels genitals it guarantees them children.
Kras very night out place. In General, a walk through wear in the evening when a lot of people and calm weather in a very positive way
Here is very nicely done and a place. Somehow does not fit with the original idea-the island of tears. More of an island with a romantic landscape.
If you omit the essence of the place is very pleasant, soothing. Stunning views of Svislach, the Trinity suburb. Promenade at sunset of a summer day - all amazing.
A good place of memory