Saturday, 10 March 2012

Gomel. Lunacharsky Park

Today I want to tell you about the city where I lived for 10 years. This is the city of Gomel. It is located on the south-east of Belarus on the banks of the river Sozh. The city's population is more than 400,000. It is the largest city in the country (after the capital, of course).

Speaking of notable places in Gomel, one can not forget our park, one of the largest and most beautiful not only in Belarus, but also throughout Europe. He is considered the jewel of the city of Gomel. Lunacharsky Park, which created a Count Rumyantsev at the end of the XVIII century, admired by the Russians and tourists from abroad.

Lunacharsky  Park now is a historic site, because here began to develop current Gomel. A significant point of the park is the Palace of Rumyantsev-Paskevich, bearing the names of their founders and benefactors of the city. Property Rumyantsev was one of the richest and most famous of the Russian Empire. Count Rumyantsev collected books, paintings, rare art objects, weapons. All of his collections, he passed on the legacy of future generations, and some of them you can see in the Museum of the Palace.

He formed one of the most romantic and picturesque places in the park - Swan Pond. Around it are walking couples and mothers with babies who are fed swans. The pond has recently remodeled and is now back with their beauty pleases visitors.

When Nicholas Rumyantsev was erected St. Peter and Paul Cathedral, whose golden dome can be seen from anywhere in the park. Paskevich built a chapel - shrine, whimsical architecture and certainly attracts the attention of tourists and residents. Paskevich also laid the winter garden, bringing from all parts of Tsarist Russia are many types of trees, plants and flowers.

The park protects the first Gomel resident - a monument to the first man to set foot on the land of Gomel. At his feet sits a lynx - a symbol of our city.

Lunacharsky Park - the most visited place of the city, loved by all residents. After all, here you can walk along the winding paths, enjoying the beauty of nature, down to the seafront and walk along the Sozh. And you can pick and Activities: ride a bike, rollerblading, riding on horseback. Everyone chooses for themselves and I am sure, is always happy!

All guests of Gomel strongly advise you to walk in the park named after Lunacharsky - you will not remain indifferent!


  1. Hi, Alena! My name is Miguel and I'm from Vigo (north-west Spain). I've been studying Russian for a year now))). May I ask you why Gomel's symbol is a link? Does it have an origin or an explanation about it? I have been curious about it, since my Russian teacher, which she's actually from Gomel too, she doesn't know either why.

    Many thanks and great blog! =D

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    1. Count Rumyantsev previously owned Gomel. Empress of Russia gave him the city. She also gave a new emblem the village Novaya Belitsa where count lived. The Empress ordered to place a lynx on the emblem because two hundred years ago there were many lynx in the forests near Gomel.
      Count Rumyantsev ordered to transfer all urban services in the Novaya Belitsa. He did not want to see officials on the streets of Gomel. Over time, the emblem of Novaya Belitsa became the emblem of Gomel.
      Now Novobelitsa is part of the city. But its people still believe that their neighborhood is a separate city (Novobelitsa is separated by river Sozh from the rest of the city). It's like a city within a city))

  3. I write a blog about cast iron drinking fountains and found an image of a structure in the park. It has 8 columns and a dome with lion heads. Do you have any information on it? When it was erected, which company made it etc? I can send you the image. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I did not hear about the cast-iron lions in Gomel. But if you send me a photo, I can ask in the museum.