Trinity Suburb

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Coordinates: 53°54′31″N 27°33′22″E / 53.908535°N 27.555985°E / 53.908535; 27.555985

The Trinity Suburb (Trinity Hill, or Trajeckaje pradmiescie) is a historical district of Minsk located in the north-eastern part of the historical centre on the left bank of the Svislach river. It was the trade and administrative centre of the capital of Belarus in the past.[1] In the northwest of the Trinity Suburb there is Tatarskaya Slabada, settled by Lipka Tatars from the 15th century (first settlement recorded in 1428) to mid-20th century, and Starastinskaya Slaboda, in the north - Storozhevka, in the east - Zolotaya Gorka, in the south - the central regions of the High and Low Markets.[2]

Trinity Suburb from river side

The first Catholic church in Minsk was located on the territory of the suburb. There were also the Ascension Monastery with the church of the same name, which have not survived to this day, St. Boris and Gleb Church, the Basilian Convent of the Holy Trinity (partially preserved) and the Church and Monastery of the Catholic monastic order. Nowadays the suburb is one of the most favorite places of Minsk residents and guests of the capital.

Trinity Hill at night

Modern buildings of the district include the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Island of Tears, memorial that commemorates the Soviet soldiers died in the Afghanistan war in the 1970s.


There are several hypotheses about the origin of the toponym "Trinity Hill". According to the most popular, the toponym comes from the name of the ancient Trinity Catholic Church in Minsk, founded by the Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland Jogaila. According to another version, the toponym comes from the name of the defensive redoubt of the Holy Trinity, which was located near the Borisov outpost. There is also an opinion that the name came from the Church of the Holy Trinity or the Holy Trinity Convent.[3]


  1. ^ Боровой, Р.В. (2000). Минские древности. "Cтарый город" средневекового Минска по письменным источникам. Гістарычна-археалагічны зборнік. № 15.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ "Map of the provincial city of Minsk (1903)".
  3. ^ "History of Trinity Suburb".

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