Facts About Gomel
Gomel was founded at the end of the 1st millennium AD on the lands of the Eastern Slavic tribal union of Radimichs.
In 1670, Gomel got the Magdeburg rights.
Gomel is situated in the southeastern part of the country, on the right bank of the River Sozh, north of Chernihiv.
Gomel has city area of 121 km2.
Gomel is the second-largest city in Belarus.
Gomel is the administrative centre of Gomel Voblast, Belarus.
The estimated Population of Gomel is 526,872.
Gomel name is derived from the name of the stream Homeyuk, which flowed into the river Sozh near the foot of the hill where the first settlement was founded.
Gomel is twinned with: Aberdeen, Scotland; Anapa, Russia; Armavir, Russia; Bryansk, Russia; Burgas, Bulgaria; Chengdu, China; Chernihiv, Ukraine; Cheryomushki, Russia; Clermont-Ferrand, France; Dnipro, Ukraine; Donetsk, Ukraine; Fort Myers, United States; Ganja, Azerbaijan; Harbin, China; Huai’an, China; Kaliningrad, Russia; Krasnoselsky, Russia; Kurgan, Russia; Kursk, Russia; Kutaisi, Georgia; Liepāja, Latvia; Magnitogorsk, Russia; Omsk, Russia; Protvino, Russia; Radom, Poland; Rostov-on-Don, Russia; Solomianskyi, Ukraine; Surgut, Russia; Ulyanovsk, Russia; Vasileostrovsky, Russia; Voronezh, Russia & Sari, Iran.
The Ferris Wheel and the Ferris Tower, located in a park a few hundred meters from the palace complex, are popular for exploring the city. Since the topography of Gomel is relatively flat, the height of the surrounding buildings means it is easy to view the city from the wheel and tower.