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.

18th-19th century Belarusian icons, bells to go on display in Warsaw on 2 October
An exhibition of 18th-19th century Belarusian icons and church bells will open in Warsaw on 2 October, BelTA learned from Boris Lazuko, the head of the ancient Belarusian culture department of the Center for Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature at the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB).
“The exhibition ‘Gates of Faith. 18th-19th Century Belarusian Icons and Bells from the Holdings of the NASB Museum of Ancient Belarusian Culture’ will open at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Culture Center in Warsaw on 2 October. Plans have been made to display the Belarusian artifacts at different churches, monasteries, convents and Orthodox centers in Poland throughout 2016 and 2017,” Boris Lazuko added. The exhibition in Warsaw has been organized with the support of the Belarusian Embassy in Poland.
Boris Lazuko noted that the NASB Museum of Ancient Belarusian Culture has one of the biggest in the country collections of icons reflecting the distinctive features of the Belarusian school of icon painting, and the traditions of the Russian Orthodox and Catholic religious paintings. The museum is a large research center. Its holdings feature some 30,000 museum artifacts and archive documents. The museum regularly organizes cultural events in Belarus and abroad, for instance, in France, the United Kingdom, and Russia.
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