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.

Book of poems by Maksim Bogdanovich presented in Spain

À collection of Maksim Bogdanovich’s poems was presented in Spain, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Embassy in Spain.

The book “Sounds of my Homeland” by the Belarusian classical poet has been published with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Belarus.

The presentation took place during the literary soiree dedicated to the Belarusian poet in the Honorary Consulate of Belarus in Alicante. The participants of the event attended the Belarusians living in Spain, diplomats and local residents, recited their favorite poems by Maksim Bogdanovich. Representatives of the Belarusian Diaspora donated the painting by the artist Sergei Radchenko from Gomel to the embassy.
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