Sovietskaya street of the Brest, in the past, Millionnaya, Police street, Jerzy Dabrowski street, Generalshtrasse, became the heart and soul of Brest, a part of its historical and cultural heritage and an integral part of tourist routes. The street is riddled with urban legends, to which frescoes, memorial signs and plaques placed on the facades of houses are devoted.
Sovietskaya – mostly pedestrian street, saturated by signs of numerous cafes and shopping centers. It's a mixture of everything: art, business, entertainment...
There are bit of sightseeing places on the street:
- The Winter Garden, which will allow you to stay warm in the cold winter.
- St. Nicholas Brotherhood Church built in 1906.
- Cinema "Belarus". Oddly enough, later this building was a synagogue. It was rebuilt immediately after the liberation of Belarus from German troops in 1944-1945. Now the old synagogue's walls are load-bearing interior walls of the cinema building.
A surprising feature of the Sovietskaya is the ritual of lighting the lanterns. Real lamplighter in a the uniform lights kerosene lamps in lanterns at sunset, rising up the stairs at every lantern.
After the last reconstruction of the street in 2009, there were installed new sculptures and monuments that continue to delight citizens and guests of Brest.
Possibly the best
It could be street musicians or pantomime or "live statues".
And there are lot of small cafes along the steet. I like to sit in one of them and listen to the street music and watch people passing by.
At the very beginning of the street (opposite the Central Store on Masherov avenue) there is a bronze clock. They are not ticking - they show time when the lamplighter will come and start ritual of lightning lanterns. It's quite a fun event because a lot of smiling people usually come to take a look and make photos with the lamplighter.