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.

Buddhist art from Hermitage to be displayed in Belarus

An exhibition of Buddhist art from the Hermitage Museum (Russia) will be arranged in Belarus in the autumn of this year, Director General of the Belarusian National Art Museum Vladimir Prokoptsov said during an online conference hosted by BelTA.

An exhibition of Buddhist art will be arranged in Belarus on the proposal of Director General of the State Hermitage Museum Mikhail Piotrovsky. This exhibition has recently been on display in the Hermitage. Now the work is underway to prepare a list of 60-70 works for display in museums of Belarus. The exhibition will feature works of Buddhist art and several sculptures. The exhibition will be abridged as compared to the one displayed in the Hermitage.

The exhibition is scheduled to open at the National Art Museum of Belarus in September. Then it will be displayed in the Palace of the Rumiantsevs and Paskevichs in Gomel.

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