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.

Belarusian icons on show in Vatican

An exhibition “Icon Painting in Belarus in the 17th-21st centuries” will open in a museum of the Vatican on 18 May, head of the Ancient Belarusian Art Department at Belarus’ National Art Museum Yelena Karpenko told BelTA.

Buddhist art from Hermitage to be displayed in Belarus

An exhibition of Buddhist art from the Hermitage Museum (Russia) will be arranged in Belarus in the autumn of this year, Director General of the Belarusian National Art Museum Vladimir Prokoptsov said during an online conference hosted by BelTA.

Belarusian-Chinese art exhibition opens in Gomel

GOMEL, 9 March (BelTA) – The Belarusian-Chinese exhibition Images of Women in Chinese and Belarusian Art opened in Gomel on 9 March, BelTA has learned.

Sardinia Culture Days in Minsk 23-24 February

MINSK, 22 February (BelTA) – The Belarusian capital will host the Culture Days of Sardinia, Italy on 23 to 24 February, BelTA learned from Belarus’ Honorary Consulate in the Italian city of Cagliari.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006