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.

Gomel to host Saint Petersburg exhibition of itinerants

GOMEL, 29 August (BelTA) – Vashchenko Art Gallery of Gomel will host the 43rd exhibition of the artists association The Itinerant Art Exhibition Partnership. 21st Century (Saint Petersburg), BelTA learnt from the Gomel gallery.

Gomel welcomes the exhibition of itinerants after their one-year tour of Ukrainian museums. The works featured at the exhibition are made by artists from prominent art schools of CIS and non-CIS countries. Among them are the exhibits of the artists from Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Samara, Belarus, Poland and Germany as well as masterpieces of the outstanding pedagogues of the Russian and European painting and sculpture schools.

The Itinerant Art Exhibition Partnership. 21st Century was founded by an artists’ association in Saint Petersburg in 2005 to revive the best traditions in the Russian arts.

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