Brest, a rail and road junction, is located on the Polish border, 217 miles from Minsk. As is often the case in border towns, the atmosphere is busy, feverish, and bustling. This town also suffered considerably at the time of the German siege then invasion. You must not miss a visit to the fortress of Brest, which dates from 1842. An entire town was moved to the east of the current location of the fort in order to build it. This massive building was unfortunately destroyed by the war in 1941; however, its ruins have been transformed into a grandiose monument to the memory of its defenders. To the west of the fortress you can also visit the Saint-Nicolas church, which was partially destroyed, but is the oldest in the city.