Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Paintings of Belarusian and Russian artists on display in Gomel on 19 September

GOMEL, 19 September (BelTA) – An exhibition of still life paintings of Belarusian and Russian artists from the funds of the National Art Museum of Belarus and the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble will open in Gomel on 19 September, BelTA learnt from Tatyana Litvinova, Head of the Art Department at the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble.

Ukraine to host Year of Belarusian Culture in 2014

MINSK, 6 September (BelTA) – The Year of Belarusian Culture will be held in Ukraine in 2014. The year 2015 has been announced the Year of Ukraine in Belarus, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Belarus Mikhail Yezhel said at a solemn meeting to mark the 22nd anniversary of Ukraine’s independence on 5 September, BelTA has learnt.

Rechitsa hosts Metal Crowd Fest 2013

GOMEL, 26 August (BelTA) – An international rock concert Metal Crowd Fest 2013 took place in Rechitsa on 24-25 August, BelTA learnt from the department for ideology, culture and youth affairs of the Rechitsa District Executive Committee.

Miss Supranational 2013 to be the most technologically advanced show in Belarus

MINSK, 19 August (BelTA) - The beauty pageant Miss Supranational 2013 is going to become the most grandiose show held in Belarus in recent years, with technical equipment from Russia, Ukraine and Poland to be used.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006