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.

Yelgava playing host to Belarus Week of Culture

MINSK, 18 October (BelTA) – Belarus’ Week of Culture is taking place in Yelgava, Latvia, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

The Belarusian diplomatic mission has organized an exhibition, A Genius of the Belarusian Land, dedicated to the creative work of Yanka Kupala and a photo show, Modern Art and Ancient Technologies: Belarus’ Spiritual Values, devoted to the restoration of the Belarusian holy shrine, the Cross of Euphrosyne of Polotsk. The photographic exhibition has been prepared by Belarusian artist-restorer, member of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Honored Figure of Art of Belarus Nikolai Kuzmich.

Belarus’ Week of Culture will last until 19 October.

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