10 reasons to visit the Gomel region

Gomel region is magnificent and memorable in its beauty. With a rich history, the Gomel region offers a unique combination of antiquity and modernity: majestic castles, monasteries and churches, delightful parks and green forests.

Gomel region is a place where history, culture and nature merge. It will immerse you in an atmosphere where every stone and every building keeps the secrets of the past. We present 10 reasons why you should visit this area:

  • Walk along the picturesque park alleys and step on the threshold of the Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace in Gomel.

  • Walk around the most ancient city of the Dregovichi chronicle tribe.

  • Visit the Belarusian «Amazonia» in the very center of Europe.

  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of traditional wooden art – the churches of Polissya.

  • Visit the most ancient settlement on the territory of Belarus.

  • Visit the world's only memorial dedicated to children – victims of fascism.

  • Get acquainted with works of art in the art gallery of Gavriil Vashchenko.

  • Spend the night in a floating hotel on the river Pripyat.

  • Walk around the birthplace and life of the famous Belarusian folk writer – Ivan Pavlovich Melezh.

  • Climb the most unusual town hall of Belarus in Chechersk.

  • The Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace and Park Ensemble
  • City of Turov
  • NP «Pripyatsky»
  • Churches of Polesie
  • Yurovichi parking
  • Memorial complex «Red Coast»
  • Vashchenko Art Gallery
  • Polesie floating hotel
  • House-museum of I.P. Melezh
  • Chechersk City Hall
  • Reason №1 – Walk along the picturesque park alleys and step on the threshold of the Palace of Rumyantsev-Paskevichin Gomel.

    The Palace and Park Ensemble of Rumyantsev and Paskevich in Gomel is a magnificent combination of history, architecture and natural beauty. This unique complex includes a palace, a park and a number of other architectural structures created in different styles and eras. Rumyantsev Palace is a Baroque building built in the 18th century. Its facades are decorated with graceful statues, columns and ornaments, creating an airy and luxurious atmosphere. In the park surrounding the palace, you can see numerous fountains, sculptures and pavilions. The palace and park ensemble of the Rumyantsevs and Paskevichs is one of the most significant sights in the Gomel region and a very important part of the cultural heritage of Belarus.

  • Reason №2 – Walk around the most ancient city of the Dregovichi chronicle tribe.

    Turov is closely related to the Dregovichi, an ancient Slavic tribe that inhabited these lands in the 9th-10th centuries. Even the name of the city, according to some historians, comes from the name of the Dregovichi. In Turov, a valuable monument of the ancient Dreg period has been preserved – Turov Mother of God Church, built in the 11th century. Turov is one of the oldest cities in Belarus (only Polotsk is older than it), here you can find many ancient temples, castles and estates. By visiting Turov in the Gomel region, you will plunge into the atmosphere of antiquity, learn about the richness of the history of this place and discover the beautiful landscapes and hospitality of the locals.

  • Reason №3 – Visit the Belarusian «Amazonia» in the very center of Europe.

    The National Park «Pripyatsky» is a unique natural place created on the site of the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The main feature of the park is its richness in flora and fauna; a unique natural environment flourishes here, including forests, swamps, rivers and lakes. A visit to the National Park «Pripyatsky» will allow you to see the famous «Red Zone» – the places most affected by the consequences of the Chernobyl accident, as well as visit the museum dedicated to the history of the disaster. Here you can feel the depth of nature and realize the strength and perseverance of the living world.

  • Reason number №4 – Feel the atmosphere of traditional wooden art – the churches of Polissya.

    In Gomel region there are several cultural sites and churches claiming to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can visit the Holy Resurrection Church in the village of Koidanova, built at the beginning of the 19th century in the Belarusian folk style, and see Turov Mother of God Church, which dates back to the 11th century and is a fine example of early European Romanesque style. In the Gomel region there are also other churches and sites that may qualify for inclusion in the UNESCO list. These properties reflect the region's unique architectural styles and historical significance.

  • Reason №5 – Visit the oldest settlement on the territory of Belarus.

    The most ancient human settlement in Belarus is considered to be a camp in v. Yurovichi (25–30 thousand years). Yurovichi is considered one of the largest pastures of the proto-Belarusian period, where colossal massive treasures of tools and weapons, jewelry and various handicrafts were found. At the Yurovichi site, animal remains, bone art carvings and household items that speak of the technologies and ways of life of the proto-Belarusian population were also found. The importance of these archaeological finds is a key aspect in the study of the history and culture of the Gomel region.

  • Reason №6 – Visit the world's only memorial dedicated to children who were victims of fascism.

    The Memorial to the Children Victims of Fascism and the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident was opened in the apple orchard in 2006. The memorial is dedicated to the children who died during the Great Patriotic War and died as a result of the Chernobyl disaster. During the war, one of the largest children's donor concentration camps was located on the site of the memorial. This memorial is a monument to the victims of military operations and a symbol of reverence and memory for the little heroes who survived the horrors of those times. It serves as a reminder of the tragic events of the past and calls for the preservation of peace and solidarity in the present. This place helps us not to forget the immortal soul of these children and the value of the world.

  • Reason №7 – To get acquainted with works of art in the art gallery of Gavriil Vashchenko.

    Art Gallery of Gavriil Kharitonovich Vashchenko is a private museum and art gallery. It was founded by the eminent Gomel collector and philanthropist Gavriil Kharitonovich Vashchenko in 1994. The gallery is a unique collection of works of fine art, including painting, graphics, sculpture, iconography, arts and crafts and much more. The exposition presents both works by masters of classical art and contemporary artists of Belarus and other countries. This place is the center of Gomel's cultural life and a precious source of the region's cultural heritage.

  • Reason №8 – Stay overnight in a floating hotel on the river Pripyat.

    Floating hotel «Polesie» in Turov is a unique accommodation located on the water in the picturesque area of Turov. The hotel offers comfortable rooms with a beautiful view of the surrounding nature and the water surface. In the evening, guests can enjoy relaxing walks along the shore or visit a local restaurant to sample local culinary delights. Floating hotel «Polesie» in Turov is an excellent choice for a vacation that will allow you to fully enjoy nature and the unique experience of living on the water.

  • Reason #9 – Walk around the birthplace and life of the famous Belarusian folk writer – Ivan Pavlovich Melez.

    In 1983, in the village of Glinishche, there was House-museum of Ivan Pavlovich Melezh, People's Writer of Belarus, was opened. In the House-Museum. IP Melezh you can learn about the life and work of the poet, get acquainted with his personal belongings, manuscripts and objects of his life. When visiting the museum, you will be transported back decades and plunge into the world of Belarusian literature.

  • Reason №10 – Climb the most unusual town hall of Belarus in Chechersk.

    Checherskaya Town Hall is the most unusual in Belarus. The building dates from the 18th century. She has not one tower, but five, and they are all wooden. Depending on the angle at which you stand to the Town Hall, you can see classical, gothic and even oriental motifs in it. The building itself is two-story and has a square shape, the windows of the first floor are rectangular, and immediately above them are Gothic semi-arches. Chechersk City Hall is the main attraction of the city.

  • Reason №1
    Walk along the picturesque park alleys and step on the threshold of the Palace of Rumyantsev-Paskevich in Gomel

  • Reason №2
    Walk around the most ancient city of the Dregovichi chronicle tribe.

  • Reason №3
    Visit the Belarusian «Amazonia» in the very center of Europe.

  • Reason №4
    Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of traditional wooden art – the churches of Polissya.

  • Reason №5
    Visit the most ancient settlement on the territory of Belarus.

  • Reason №6
    Visit the world's only memorial dedicated to children who were victims of fascism.

  • Reason №7
    To get acquainted with the works of art in the art gallery of Gavriil Vashchenko.

  • Reason №8
    Spend the night in a floating hotel on the river Pripyat.

  • Reason №9
    Walk around the birthplace and life of the famous Belarusian folk writer – Ivan Pavlovich Melezh.

  • Reason №10
    Climb the most unusual Belarusian town hall in Chechersk.

Traveling around the Gomel region will be an unforgettable experience that invites you to explore the unique combination of history, culture and nature. You will plunge into an area where the world and centuries-old tradition merge together, creating magic that will stay with you forever.

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