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 Ц the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat Ц 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 Ц of architecture and 1,040 Ц 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.