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Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus. It is a cultural and economic center of the country. The city has a rich history and a mix of architectural styles, from Stalinist to modern. Visitors can explore the Old Town, Independence Square, and the National Museum of Belarus. Other attractions include the Minsk Zoo and the Island of Tears. Cuisine and Food cultureBelarusian cuisine is a mix of Eastern European and Russian influences. It features hearty dishes made with potatoes, meat, and dairy products. Some popular dishes include draniki (potato pancakes), machanka (pork stew), and blini (thin pancakes). Belarusian vodka is also a must-try.