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.

Belarus’ National Library presents facsimile edition of world’s first primer

A facsimile edition of the first primer was presented in Minsk on 28 August in anticipation of Knowledge Day (1 September) and the Belarusian Written Language Day, BelTA has learned.

Korean culture festival in Minsk’s Upper City on 19 August

A Korean culture festival will take place in Minsk’s Upper City on 19 August, representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Belarus told BelTA.

Minsk to host Yuri Bashmet music festival on 6-20 October

The 13th Yuri Bashmet International Music Festival will take place in Minsk on 6-20 October, the organizers told BelTA.

Minsk’s Nezavisimosti Avenue up for joint nomination to UNESCO World Heritage List

Nezavisimosti Avenue in Minsk may become the foundation for a joint nomination by interested countries for inclusion into the UNESCO World Heritage List, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BelTA after the session of the National Commission on UNESCO Affairs under the chairmanship of Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei on 4 April.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006