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.

Exhibition of textile sculptures opens in Gomel

GOMEL, 16 April (BelTA) An exhibition of textile sculptures Snowy Summer will open at the Museum of the Gomel Palace and Park on 16 April, BelTA learned from the museum

The exhibition, which was arranged following the nationwide plein-air of textile sculptures, will feature 20 works of Belarusian artists.

Academic readings in Gomel to commemorate aircraft designer Pavel Sukhoi

GOMEL, 24 October (BelTA) - Academic readings to commemorate outstanding aircraft designer Pavel Sukhoi will take place in Gomel as part of the international sci-tech conference, Contemporary Machine Science, on 23-24 October, BelTA learnt from the press service of the oblast executive committee.

Gomel to host international festival of fire theaters on 20 September

GOMEL, 19 September (BelTA) The fifth international festival of fire theaters will take place in Gomel during the City Day celebrations on 20 September.

Summer camp for ethnographers in Petrikov District on 19-22 August

GOMEL, 19 August (BelTA) A summer camp for ethnographers is taking place in Petrikov District, Gomel Oblast, on 19-22 August.

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