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.

Museum of history of Jews opens in Grodno

GRODNO, 25 May (BelTA) – The museum of the history of Jews opened in Belarus’ oldest synagogue in Grodno, BelTA has learnt.

Gomel Oblast to join International Night of Museums 2012

GOMEL, 18 May (BelTA) – The international cultural event Night of Museums 2012 will be supported by 22 museums of Gomel Oblast, BelTA learnt from the Gomel cultural department.

Medieval festival to mark 1150th anniversary of Polotsk

VITEBSK, 11 May (BelTA) – Knights from five countries will come to Polotsk for the Rubon medieval festival, BelTA learnt from Igor Zagrekov, tourism manager of the Bella Dvina 2 project.

Exhibition in Russia celebrates 130th birthdays of Kupala, Kolas

MINSK, 27 April (BelTA) – The Mikhailovskoye Pushkin State Museum-Reserve (Russia) is hosting an exhibition celebrating the 130th birthdays of outstanding Belarusian poets Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas, BelTA learnt from Spokeswoman for the Culture Ministry of Belarus Yulia Viskub.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006