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 cultural center opened in Moscow State University
A Belarusian language, literature, and culture center was opened at premises of the Philology Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University on 13 December, the press service of the embassy of Belarus in Russia told BelTA.

The center was opened as part of the joint project of the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno. The center is going to host various events meant to preserve, develop, and popularize Belarusian language, literature, and culture in Moscow.

Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of Belarus in Russia Yuri Yaroshevich, Prorector for Education of the Grodno State University Gennady Gachko, representatives of the Philology Department Dean’s Office and the Slavonic Philology Chair of the Philology Department of the Moscow State University also took part in the opening ceremony.
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