Gomel region is the largest in Belarus and borders with the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Gomel is the second most populated city in the country and a large industrial center. Here are the best sights and monuments of the Gomel region that attract travelers from all over the world - the Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace with the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul and the family tomb, Sovetskaya Street with buildings of the Tsarist era, a square and luminous fountains and much more.
On the streets of the city you can find a large number of modern monuments - Malvina with Artemon, Pinocchio, plumbing next to the hatch, the clown Pencil and his dog Klyaksu, Thumbelina, janitor.
On the territory of the Gomel region there are ancient settlements - Mozyr, Zhlobin, Rechitsa, Rogachev and others. The oldest human site is located in the village of Yurovichi. Numerous archaeological excavations in these parts confirm the inhabitation of Slavic tribes. In the region there is the Turovsky fortification - an archaeological site closed by modern panels. In the museum you can see the streets of the old Slavic city, household items, furniture, and jewelry of old times.
The ruins of old estates will be especially interesting for tourists: the Yastrzhembsky estates in Borisovshchina, the Norovlyansky palace, the Gatovsky estates in the village of Krasny Bereg.
Gomel region, rich in attractions and monuments, offers numerous tourist routes.
You can stay in one of the many agricultural estates in the Gomel region.
Sights of Belarus
The Republic of Belarus is rich in sights and monuments, therefore, tourist interest in it does not fade. Among the historical, architectural and cultural heritage, castles, family estates, and natural wonders are of the greatest importance. Many architectural treasures have been preserved, despite the turbulent past, full of wars and destruction.
Belarus is rich not only in its architectural heritage, but also boasts a unique and inimitable nature that will not leave anyone indifferent.
The Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace in Gomel
Gomel region for tourists usually begins with Gomel, and Gomel, in turn, with the Rumyantsev-Paskevich Palace. It began to be built in 1777, when Gomel was still a small village. The city was growing, the owners of the palace were changing, each adding something of his own: someone to a landscape park, someone to a chapel, someone to the Winter Garden. Therefore, today the Gomel residence of the Rumyantsevs and Paskevichs is a whole palace and park complex with a museum and 150 thousand exhibits in it, a picturesque park, a viewing tower, a chapel and many others.
But in addition to the palace, Gomel will find something to please. Gorgeous views of Sozh, the embankment, boat trips and the country's longest pedestrian bridge. The forensic museum and a huge art gallery, merchant houses with intricate architecture and modern studios and quest rooms.
And what is surprising, Gomel is the second largest city in Belarus, and there are no fewer surprises than residents.
Primitive parking and Jesuit collegium in Yurovichi
Archaeologists claim that people lived in these places 25 thousand years ago. They found dwellings made of animal bones, fortified with skins and stones. Today near the village you can look at the excavation site and visualize what is described in the first paragraph of any Belarusian history textbook.
A primeval parking lot is likely to interest history buffs or imaginative people. But there is another significant attraction in Yurovichi - this is a complex of a Jesuit collegium with a huge church, collegium and a fence with towers.
The scale of the buildings and their dilapidation make the place a little magical, moreover, a miraculous icon of the XVIII century is stored in the church.
The former monastery is located on a high hill and is clearly visible from anywhere in the village. And in general, the places in Yurovichi are colorful, not for nothing that they were chosen for life many thousands of years ago.
Once in Mozyr, you understand that the adjective "plain" does not apply to all of Belarus. Mazyr is famous for its hilly nature and walks up and down; there is even a ski resort there. And another feature of the city is trams. They are only four cities of Belarus, Mozyr - one of them.
To appreciate the hilly landscapes of the city, to look at the strips of tram tracks and, in general, to admire Mozyr, you need to climb to Mozyr Castle. In fact, the city fortress burned down three centuries ago. But it was partially rebuilt, and now it is the main attraction of the city. And numerous temples complement it, for example, the church and the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel.
Ecotropes of the Pripyatsky National Park
The park arose around Pripyat, as the name implies. When the river overflows in spring, it turns into a real sea, which attracts many birds. But to visit this place is not only birdwatching. There are suggestions for those who have a poor idea of what can be done in the forest for five hours in a row.
For example, in Pripyatsky there are several ecotropes, which you can walk on your own, following the signs. On the way you will meet centuries-old oaks, small rivers, bridges, and, possibly, even animals. More complicated routes have been prepared there, for example, to riding bogs. They are especially picturesque in the cranberry season. But the most popular excursions in the park are a boat trip along Pripyat: both on a motor ship and on small motor boats. As well as a real Belarusian safari, during which you can look at the bison, deer, roe deer and wild boars.
In addition to the national park in the Gomel region, there are still many beautiful natural places. For example, there is the third largest lake in Belarus with the name Chervonoe, or Prince-Lake.
As well as many old oak forests, with which various legends are associated.
On the territory of the Gomel region there are many old manor houses. Some of them are abandoned, others are restored and are now in use. One of the most famous palaces is located in the village of Halch. This two-story manor house with a fruit garden was built by Kazimir Khaletsky in the early 19th century. There is no other such palace - it was built according to the original design. A century ago, large-scale balls and hunting took place in the palace, but now it is boarded up and not used.
A similar fate was observed at the palace in Narovla, which belonged to the nobles of Horvatt. After the revolution, the estate with a library, a greenhouse and a fountain was transformed into a school. But after the Chernobyl disaster, Narovlya fell into the resettlement zone, and the palace on the banks of the Pripyat began to collapse. Today, more than 7 thousand people live in the city, but the estate is in ruins.
In a much better condition is the estate in the village of Red Beach.
When it was built, elements of at least 10 different styles were used. The palace with many turrets and attics resembles a fabulous house. Today, an agricultural college is located on its territory.
Old Believers Center - Vetka
It is believed that the city of Vetka was founded in the 17th century by the Old Believers who sought refuge from the Moscow authorities. According to legend, they put an icon on the river and decided to stay where it would moor. Icon hooked on a branch on the site of a modern city. The main principles of the Old Believers were labor and education. This made the city prosperous. In addition, Vetka was the only church in the entire Russian Empire where it was possible to pray to the Old Believers. That is why the flow of people in the city did not stop.
Today Vetka looks like any other city in Belarus. But there still remained the descendants of the Old Believers. One of them founded in the city the museum with an interesting collection that tells how the Old Believers lived in this region. There are collected books with commentaries on kings, ancient icons, ritual clothes, handcuffs, samovars. There is also an Old Believer church in Vetka, one of the few in Belarus, and the old Ritualist Cemetery.
Turov, although small, but there is a tourist attraction for every taste. Love the story - come to Castle Hill and the hillfort. The history of the city is ancient, begins in 980. And exactly a thousand years ago, in the 19th century, Turov was a cultural and religious center of the Eastern Slavs. If you like interesting architecture, go to a typical Polesie wooden church built in the 1810s. Interested in legends and inexplicable things - look at the Turov crosses, which, as they say, sailed to the city along the river and do not stop growing. You can’t look at the beauty of the Belarusian nature - Turov stands right on the banks of the Pripyat, and the local landscapes enchant. Do not forget about Turov meadow, where you can give lectures on ornithology. In other words, in Turov, as in the entire Gomel region, you will not get bored.
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