Independence Palace in Minsk: New symbol of Belarusian sovereignty
Transport to the Independence Palace: Get to the Niamiha metro station and find the bus stop Dvorets Sporta [in English: Sports Palace] and take buses No. 1, 69, 73 or 91 to the stop Respublikansky Tsentr Tennisa (National Tennis Center).
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The Palace hosts the most important public events, ranging from receiving of foreign ambassadors to the meetings of heads of state. Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko says the Palace of Independence and the adjacent State Flag Square are intended to emphasize the firmness of the Belarusian statehood and independence.
The total area of the Palace of Independence is about 50,000 square meters. It has several hundred rooms.
The first official events in the palace were the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the level of heads of state (24 October 2013) and the meeting of the Council of CIS heads of state (October 25).
On February 25, 2014, Alexander Lukashenko awarded three-time champion of the 2014 Sochi Olympics Darya Domracheva the Hero of Belarus medal.