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.

Tambov Drama Theater on Gomel tour

GOMEL, 18 June (BelTA) Tambov State Drama Theater will present its productions on the stage of Gomel Oblast Drama Theater on 16-20 June, BelTA learnt from the theater.

The program will include five plays for adults and one children's production. The audience will see the comedy Swindlers after Alexander Ostrovsky's It's a Family Affair-We'll Settle It Ourselves, Arkady Zastyrets' fantasy on Shakespeare's famous comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, or All Inclusive, a play Intimate Comedy, an absurd and facetious story after Neil Simon's play Fools, a two-act comedy Family Portrait with A Stranger, and a one-act fairy tale for children.

On 17-22 June Tambov State Drama Theater will host Gomel Oblast Drama Theater.

Founded by Gavriil Derzhavin in 1786, Tambov State Drama Theater is one of Russia's oldest theaters.

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