Bielawa

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Bielawa
Sunset in Bielawa
Sunset in Bielawa
Flag of Bielawa
Flag
Coat of arms of Bielawa
Coat of arms
Bielawa is located in Poland
Bielawa
Bielawa
Coordinates: 50°42′N 16°37′E / 50.700°N 16.617°E / 50.700; 16.617
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
County Dzierżoniów
Gmina Bielawa (urban gmina)
Established 13th century
Town rights 1924
Government
 • Mayor Ryszard Dźwiniel
Area
 • Total 36.21 km2 (13.98 sq mi)
Highest elevation 964 m (3,163 ft)
Lowest elevation 280 m (920 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 31,988
 • Density 880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 58-260 to 58-263
Area code(s) +48 74
Car plates DDZ
Website http://www.bielawa.pl

Bielawa [bʲɛˈlava] ( ) (German: Langenbielau), population 31,988 (2010), is a town in southwestern Poland. Since 1999, it has been situated in Dzierżoniów County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship. From 1975–1998, it was part of the Wałbrzych Voivodeship, and prior to 1945 was in Germany.

Bielawa lies in the central part of Lower Silesia, along the Bielawica stream in the Sowie Mountains region. The town covers an area in excess of 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi).

Bielawa lies at an altitude range of 280 and 964 m above sea level, in the Sowie Mountains. It is considered one of the most naturally beautiful regions of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, and is a year-round tourist destination. Its outdoor attractions include four major hiking trails of varying difficulty in an 80 square kilometre scenic park, as well as cycling trails and ski lifts.

History[edit]

  • 13th century — Bielawa was established
  • 1720 — First brick house
  • 1741 — Addressing the village by the Prussian army
  • 1805 — Christian Dierig involves weaving company (Christian Dierig AG)
  • 1806-1808 — French occupation
  • 1891 — The opening of the railway line Dzierżoniów - Bielawa
  • 1924 — Giving Bielawa town rights
  • 1945 — Soviet occupation
  • 2006 — The opening of the bypass

Main sights[edit]

Bielawa has a rich choice of old architecture. At its center is the 19th-century Neo-Gothic Church of the Assumption with a 101 m tall tower, the third tallest in Poland. Other interesting buildings include a late-Renaissance palace originally built as a fortified manor house; the Church of the Corpus Christi, erected in 1743; and numerous 18th-century Baroque houses that were restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is also a home to a number of medieval penitential crosses.

Population[edit]

Famous people[edit]

  • Eleni Tzoka, singer
  • Aleksandra Kwasniewska, singer
  • Robert Skibniewski, basketball player
  • Marcin Teodoru, Hollywood Film Director http://www.circlefilms.com
  • Tomasz Zabłocki, basketball player
  • Jarosław Kuźniar, journalist in TVN24
  • Janusz Góra, footballer
  • Jacek Trzeciak, footballer
  • Adam Wysota, one of the pioneers of free-spirit motorcycling on the American continent.
  • Art Binkowski, Polish-Canadian Olympic boxer (Sydney, 2000)

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Bielawa is twinned with:

Surroundings[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°42′N 16°37′E / 50.700°N 16.617°E / 50.700; 16.617