Zhytomyr Oblast is situated in the north-western part of Ukraine, on its right bank. The oblast borders on Gomel Oblast (Byelorussia) in the north, Kyiv Oblast in the east, Vinnytsya Oblast in the south and Khmelnitsky and Rivne Oblasts in the west. One of the specific features of the region is its proximity to the capital of Ukraine. The area of it is 29,9 sq, km, the population – 1, 3 mln. people. The region is divided into 23 districts and 9 towns. The administrative center of Zhytomyr Oblast is the city Zhytomyr, among other large cities are Berdichev, Korosten and Novograd-Volynsky.
After right-bank Ukraine has been united with Russian in 1793, the region of Zhytomyr was a part of Volyn guberniya. The center of it was the town Novograd-Volynsky but in 1804 Zhytomyr became its center. With the development of differen industries Zhytomyr has become an important cultural and industrial center. Modern Zhytomyr Oblast was founded in 1937.
The climate is moderately continental with warm humid summer and mild cloudy winter. The average summer temperature is +18 degrees, winter – -5 degrees. There are 221 rivers on the territory of the region; all of them are of the Dnieper basin. The largest of them are the Teterev, the Radomyshl, the Sluch, the Irpen, etc.
Many famous and talented people were born in Zhytomyr region: Ukrainian poetess Lesya Ukrainka, academician Sergey Korolev, poet Maxim Rylskiy, writer Vladimir Korolenko and Joseph Conrad, pianist Svyatoslav Richter and many others. In this region lived and worked such significant people as Honore de Balzac, Aleksandr Kuprin, Aleksandr Dovzhenko and Ivan Kocherga. As for the attractions, those who travel to Ukraine may be interested in visiting the memorial musem of abovementioned Lesya Ukrainka, the residence of the duke Ryurikovich, the castle and mill of Tishkevich, Vasilievskaya church which dates back to 1190 and many other ancient architectural monuments.