Sovietskaya Street

It is about 1.7 km long, running north-south. between Ordzonikidze Street and the river, crossing Mitskevich Street, Pushkin Street, Mayakovsky Street, Gogol Street, Budyonny Street,Dzerzhynsky Street and Masherov Avenue



The previous names:

Russian period

the southern half was Millionnaya (Million) Street, the northern half was Politseyskaya (Police) Street

Old Brest-Litovsk, Politseyskaya Str.  Old Brest-Litovsk, Millionnaya Str.

(left) the part of the street that was called Politseyskaya before WW1,
(right) the part of the street that was called Millionnaya before WW1.

Polish period

ulica Dąbrowskiego (Dabrowski Street)

Soviet period

Sovietskaya Street

The street was laid out in the mid-19th century. In the 1970s it was closed to car traffic and is now a pedestrian shopping area like those in many European cities. Sometimes it is called the Mall of Brest in English like that in London.

Sovietskaya Street is truly the heart of the city, the main tourist attraction. It is a tree-lined pedestrian promenade, which runs through the center of the downtown shopping district.

Lined with shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes, the mall is the pleasant place to sit and people-watch.

The pavement is made of red and gray flagstones. The street underwent a considerable reconstruction in 2007-2009. That was a part of the city's preparations for the coming millennium of Brest. That's why, some pictures are titled like before the Millennium reconstruction and after the Millennium reconstruction.


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The view of the street before the Millennium reconstruction.
Click to see more pictures, taken before the Millennium reconstruction.

Main attraction

Millennium Monument of Brest

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Brest Millennium Monument was opened on July 25, 2009. That is the main landmark at the intersection of Sovietskaya Street and Gogol Street

High relieves present the history-making events in the history of the town.

Millennium Monument of Brest

an old legend narrates about the first settlement.

Millennium Monument of Brest

the construction of the first wooden fortress of Berestye (Brest)

Millennium Monument of Brest

The warriors of Brest at the history-making battlefield of Grunwald or the First Battle of Tannenberg, in Lithuanian Žalgiris

Millennium Monument of Brest

the victory of the united troops of Lithuania and Poland. The regiment of Brest was among them

Millennium Monument of Brest

That was Brest, where the first book (Brest Bible) was printed in the land.

Millennium Monument of Brest

The picture was taken during a reenactment on the Day of the City.


Old trees by the monument were uprooted in 2008. Young trees appeared in the street after the Millennium reconstruction. Among species, quite new for Brest, you will see hereabouts golden chain (Laburnum) that is native to temperate and subtropical Eurasia. Laburnums bear yellow flowers, similar in structure to those of the pea, in late spring.

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The Laburnum trees here are quite small for the time being. Despite cold winters the trees withstood frosts. The first flowers appeared in the street in May 2010.

Reenactment on June 21,2012

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Participants of the re-enactment of the war-outbreak in 1941 are marching along the street in June 2012.

Glimpses of the street



Let's take a walk along the street from its northern end.

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A new indoor winter garden is located at the northeastern corner of  Sovietskaya and Mitskevich Str. next to the old building of Pushkin State University. It was designed by Brest architects. That is a good facility for those who study biology. It also attracts tourists who would like to dive into the green paradise of tropical vegetation, especially when it is cold. The construction was completed in December 2010.

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The Russian church of early 20th century at the corner of Mitskevich Street

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The memorial by the church commemorates the Russian sailors.

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Passers-by can take refuge from snow or sun under a blue sky-umbrella dotted with stars, topped with the figure of an angel scattering the stars.

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The hub of the street is the intersection of Sovietskaya Street and Pushkin Street.

The houses left and right were originally two stories high. An additional story was added to each of them after the war.

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the house at the north-western corner in winter

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the view of the same house 100 years ago.

Sovetskaya street, Brest, Belarus, Monument "Old Town"

The quirky monument in the shape of tiny old houses with big cats, sitting on the roofs, is named "Old Town". It is situated near the intersection of Sovietskaya Street and Pushkin Street.  It is not tall (2.8 m) and anyone can touch and stroke the lovely cats of the monument. It was designed by a teacher of a Brest high school Ruslan Usmanov. unveiled on December 31, 2008. As a matter of fact, it was erected to refurbish the old ventilation duct. It was made of  silumin (a high-strength alloy of aluminum with silicon content of 12%).

The stretch of the Mall between Pushkin Street and Mayakovsky Street is now dedicated to the history of the city that was first mentioned in the old Russian chronicles in 1019.

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The redbrick house of the former Town Hall is still seen at the corner of Sovietskaya St. It was originally two storeys high. Now it is surrounded by taller buildings. To rise the height of the building, an additional story was added after the war.

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at the corner of the former Town Hall

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After the Millennium reconstruction a clock tower, a tiny brother of Big Ben, appeared at the Mall of Brest. Being 6m high, the tower is not as tall as its Big Brother in London, yet it shows  the exact time and plays nice tunes each hour.

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Sovetskaya street, Brest, Belarus

There are two murals on the wall of the house on the eastern side by the Clock Tower. This commemorates the first printing house in Belarus in the 16th century where the first book (Brest Bible) was printed.

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This mural commemorates the mint of Brest in the 17th century.



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The house, former girls' gymnasium (high school), looks quite new today after the recent refurbishment, like many old structures around.

To the left is BelTelecom building

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A concert in the open air on the steps of BelTelecom.

Two more pavilions with semitransparent domes appeared after the Millennium reconstruction here. A small figure of the medieval city sentry, bugling at the top of the tower, surmounts one pavilion. Bugle or trumpet calls were used in many European cities to signal the opening and closing of city gates at dawn and dusk. Such calls were also used to warn of fires and other dangers.

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The bugler over the pavilion by the Clock Tower.

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The guardian over the pavilion near the big panorama (left).



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A big panoramic mural provides the view of the Old Brest dating from the 17th century.

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Artists finish their work (2007).

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At the corner of Mayakovsky Street a nice relief appeared in 2007, a tribute to the historic event, when Brest was granted by a royal charter urban rights in 1390. That made it a free city as the second in Lithuania after Vilna.

Didas Persia Shopping Center

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The shopping center built by "Persia Didas" occupies the bigger part of the eastern side between Mayakovsky Street and Gogol Street.

In front of the center passers-by find some small attractions.



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by trying on a Lucky Boot

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or by dropping some coins into the bag of the old mint of Brest.

Millennium Monument of Brest

We pass by the Millennium Monument. There are some more pictures of the monument at the top of the page.

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In the inter-war period a bank, set up by the Jewish community, was in the house on the western side. Today it houses several shops.

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Even quite new structures look quite old here.

The left redbrick building on the eastern side of the street once housed the first telephone exchange. It was building was rebuilt in the 1990s. Today it houses a cafe. The building on the right is a bank office.

Once there was the main synagogue in the street. It was constructed in the mid-19th century after the city was relocated 2 km eastward to construct the Brest fortress.

Great Synagogue of Brest before WW1

In the 1970s a huge glass-walled barrel of Belarus cinema hid the facade of the former synagogue.

Belarus Cinema
It is located at the northeastern corner of Budyonny Street and Sovietskaya Street.

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before the renovation

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October 2008, the work is going on.

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After the renovation

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Belarus Cinema is equipped with Dolby Surround, 3D. That is a concert hall as well. it hosts each other year the national movie festival.

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Looking from the cinema

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a pattern of the pavement

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Opening ceremony of the national movie festival in 2012.



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The edifice in an old style opposite the cinema was built in 2009-2010.



The big fountain by the Belarus cinema was an ideal place on a hot summer day.

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2003

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the views around the fountain by the cinema (2008)

Alas, the fountain has been dismantled in 2014 in the course of redevelopment.

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The glamor of the Old Brest at the reenactment during a Day of the City in July.

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The views opposite the cinema on the south-western corner of Sovietskaya Street and Budyonny Street. A night club, casino and other entertainments are under one roof.

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The same place in the 1980s before the complex was built. That was an outdoor cafe in the shape of a wooden castle. It reminded of the medieval wooden castle of Brest, that was destroyed in the 19th century. Today a relief on the Millennium Monument reminds of the castle.




On the way between Budyonny Street and Dzerzhynsky Street

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summer 2009, the pavement is being replaced.

After the reconstruction.

Webcam online.

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Dzerzhynsky Street crosses the street at a sharp angle here.

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Old low-rise houses at the corner of Dzerzhynsky Street look quite attractive after they were renovated in 2003 and in 2009.

Old Street Lights

The stretch between Dzerzhynsky Street and Masherov Avenue is illuminated every night with old-fashioned lanterns on the lampposts. The street lights attract tourists every evening.

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That is the edict of the city mayor regarding the lanterns with kerosene lamps in the street lights here.

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Each evening the lamplighter lights the kerosene lamps in the lanterns.

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This clock informs when the lamps will be lit tonight.

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This part of the street after the reconstruction in 2009. The old-fashioned lampposts and the cobbled pavement create the atmosphere of the Old Brest-Litovsk.

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an old drug store on the western side (before the renovation)


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the drug store (after the renovation)

Location of the drug store  at Wikimapia.org

Sovetskaya street, Brest, Belarus

A new structure in an old style was built in 2007 at the corner of Masherov Avenue, yet it looks as if it were built before WW1.

More in the project "Old and New Brest"

more pictures of the street at www.brest-sv.com