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.

Lukashenko extends greetings to participants of 8th Yuri Bashmet Festival
MINSK, 2 October (BelTA) - President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has sent greetings to the participants of the 8th International Yuri Bashmet Festival, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian head of state.

According to the head of state, the festival is an exciting and remarkable event in the cultural life of Europe, one of the best music projects of the time.

“The festival honorably fulfills an important mission to preserve and promote works of classic art, acquaints people with the ideals of genuine spirituality and global culture. Being a true festival of music, it brings together a constellation of all-time talents, from legendary stars to budding young musicians, fascinates us by the variety of music genres and outstanding mastery of participants,” the message of greetings reads.
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