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.

Belarus to host Hungarian Culture Days in 2014

MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) – Hungarian Culture Days will be held in Belarus in 2014, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Belarus Vilmos Sziklavari told a press conference on 22 October, BelTA has learnt.

“The Culture Days are likely to take place in March. It is expected that Minsk will welcome at least 50 cultural figures: artists, singers, others,” Vilmos Sziklavari said.

Chief Specialist with the Culture and Popular Art Institution under the Culture ministry of Belarus Dmitry Shlyakhtin noted that the Belarusian ministry is interested in developing cooperation with Hungary. I think we do not need to try to do many things all at once. But if we take a systematic approach then in a few years the cultural relations between the two countries will reach a new level. Belarus and Hungary have some things in common in the history of culture. This is known only to a narrow circle of specialists: historians, military historians, sociologists. Thanks to cultural projects, we have the opportunity to show this to the public,” said Dmitry Shlyakhtin.

Diplomatic relations between Belarus and Hungary were established in 1992. In January 2000 Belarus opened its embassy in Budapest. The Hungarian Embassy was opened in Minsk in December 2007. The Belarusian Culture Days in Hungary in 2010 was the first interstate cultural event in the history of bilateral relations.

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