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.

More architectural monuments to be renovated in Belarus by 2020

Belarus has all resources needed to increase the share of renovated historical and cultural heritage sites to 30% by 2020, Igor Chernyavsky, the head of the historical and cultural heritage protection department of the Belarusian Culture Ministry, told BelTA as he commented on the draft program for Belarus’ social and economic development in 2016-2020 that will be discussed at the upcoming 5th Belarusian People’s Congress.

Belarus’ Days of Culture in Russia on 19-22 June

The Days of Culture of the Republic of Belarus will be held in Russia from 19 to 22 June, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Culture Ministry.

Riga to host exposition of Belarusian costumes, musical instruments in 2017

The exposition Belorusy.by will take place in Riga in 2017, Latvian Culture Minister Dace Melbarde told BelTA.

Belarusian books featured at Red Square Book Festival in Moscow

Belarus is running a national stand at Red Square Book Festival which opened in the heart of the Russian capital on 3 June, BelTA has learned.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006