The project idea mirrors the analogue sites, which have been built in Austria, Belgium, Israel, and Thailand, and which are desirable among tourists. The project plans to reproduce the most significant monuments of the world architecture in the miniature architecture forms on a 1:25 scale, and to establish an open environment museum exposition on their basis.
Our presentation is connected with reconstruction of Khalch homestead, which is one of the brightest architectural sights of Gomel region.
Revival of the local historical attractions and organization of the cultural-tourist zones on their basis is an important field, which has been getting more and more support from our state. According to world experience farm tourism market is developing dynamically showing up to 30 per cent annual growth.
Yuri Platonov is acknowledged master hand among Gomel artists. He is famous for his bright and juicy landscape paintings representing seas and mountains of south countries and his native Belarus, philosophical portraits and still life paintings.
The reform of Russian Orthodox Church, carried out in XVII cent., lead to the schism. In late XVII cent. some old believers (people who had not accept the reform and followed the traditions of old, pre-reformed Church) left their country and founded the settlement of Vetka on the territory of Gomel region. Very soon decades of old believers' settlements appeared on the territory of districts of Gomel, Vetka and Dobrush. Vetka became the centre of old believers' traditional culture, with its unique iconographic school and handwritten books.
A stork («busel» in Belorussian) is sacred bird for every Belorussian man. According to the ancient myth, stork is a man or an angel, punished by God for his curiosity and therefore turned into a stork. Our ancestors believed this bird possessed some magic power. A stork was a guardian of the harvest and family well-being, he brought children to parents, he was connected with ancestors and so on. This sacred bird protected family and the whole nation against evil. So the main purpose of the exhibition «Storks» is to represent the image of a stork (as well as some other birds) through traditional Belorussian embroidery, weaving, national costume and some other aspects of folk culture.