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-Lithuanian exhibition to open in Vilnius 4 July

VILNIUS, 29 June (BelTA) – An exhibition of Belarusian and Lithuanian artists called “The Roots” will open in the Vilnius City Gallery ARKA from 4 July, BelTA learnt from the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to Lithuania.

Tomsk Oblast to host Festival of Belarusian Culture 22-24 June

MOSCOW, 22 June (BelTA) – The Festival of Belarusian Culture “My Motherland - Belarus” will take place in Tomsk Oblast, the Russian Federation, on 22-24 June, BelTA learnt from the cultural department of the oblast administration.

Belarus accedes to Compendium information system of Council of Europe

MINSK, 15 June (BelTA) – As a country-party to the European Cultural Convention, Belarus has acceded to the Compendium information system on cultural policy of the Council of Europe. The agreement was reached between the Culture Ministry of the Republic of Belarus and the Directorate General of Democracy of the Council of Europe, spokesperson for the Culture Ministry Yulia Viskub told BelTA.

Museum of history of Jews opens in Grodno

GRODNO, 25 May (BelTA) – The museum of the history of Jews opened in Belarus’ oldest synagogue in Grodno, BelTA has learnt.

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