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.

Over 20 foreign diplomats recite Belarusian poetry

Over 20 diplomats turned up to recite pieces of poetry by the Belarusian poet Yanka Kupala at a function hosted by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BelTA has learned.

The event We Read Kupala Together was organized by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in association with the Yanka Kupala State Literature Museum. It was a traditional meeting hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign ambassadors and multiple representatives of the foreign diplomatic corps in Belarus took part in the event. Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrei Dapkiunas attended the event. The prominent researcher of Yanka Kupala’s work and life, honorary president of the International Yanka Kupala Foundation, Professor Vyacheslav Ragoisha was also present. An exhibition was arranged in anticipation of the event. It used assets of the Yanka Kupala State Literature Museum to tell visitors about the life and art of the prominent Belarusian wordsmith.
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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006