Homel' (also Homiel', Gomel', Gomel)
A second biggest
Belarusian city with population (1996) of 500,617, an administrative center of Homel'
Voblasc' of Belarus, port on river Sozh, located 301 km South-East of Minsk in
Belarusian Palesse region. First mentioned in chronicles in
1142 as Gomy,. In XIV c. the
basis of the town was formed by log fortress. In XVI-XVII centuries becomes a
trade and crafts center. Homel passed to Grand
Duchy of Lithuania in the early
16th century. It came under Polish rule in the 17th century and was annexed by Russia
in 1772. A Palace was build in p-lace of wooden fortress by
Count Rumyancev at the end of XVIIIc. From 1941 to 1943, during World War II,
Homel' was occupied by the Germans. Manufactures
in the city include forest products, fertilizer, agricultural machinery, and
processed food. Homel' State University (1969) is located here.
Gomel Then and Now by Alena Kachuro (former "Gomel'
through centuries" page reworked)
Official Homel' site of Homel' City Hall
Homel' Obl Telecom - the site of the main telecommunications provider in Homel'.
eGomel.com - city portal from Homel, Belarus.
Welcome to Homel' - city portal. The site has some fresh news.
HomelSapiens - online newspaper from Homel'
Polish version of Homel' history from Kresy
Homel' State University site
Homel' State Technical University site
Homel' - a second city near Chernobyl
Homel' Travel Guide from World66
State Archives of Homel' Region
WWII: Holocaust in Homel' from Simon Wiesenthal Center Multimedia Learning Center Online
Homel' region page from Belarusian embassy
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