|Gmina||Bielsk Podlaski (urban gmina)|
|• Mayor||Eugeniusz Berezowiec|
|• Total||26.88 km2 (10.38 sq mi)|
|• Density||990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||17-100 to 17-102|
|Area code(s)||+48 085|
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Municipal Government
- 5 Climate
- 6 Transport
- 7 International relations
- 8 People from Bielsk Podlaski
- 9 Photo gallery
- 10 References
Bielsk Podlaski is located in the geographical region of Europe known as the Wysoczyzny Podlasko – Bialoruskie (English: Podlaskie and Belarus Plateau) and the mezoregion known as the Równinę Bielską (English: Bielsk Plain).
The town covers an area of 32.43 square kilometres (12.5 sq mi).
It is located approximately:
- 195 kilometres (121.2 mi) northeast of Warsaw, the capital of Poland
- 50 kilometres (31.1 mi) southwest of Białystok, the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship
Bielsk Podlaski was given city status in 1495.
The town is situated in the Podlaskie Voivodeship (since 1999); previously, it was in Białystok Voivodeship (1975-1998) (1975–1998). It is the capital of Bielsk County.
The Carmelites Church in Bielsk and monastery was founded in 1641 by Adam Kazanowski (Starost of Bielsk from 1638) and dedicated to the Mother of God of Mount Carmel. The project was also financed by his wife Elżbieta (Halszka) Słuszczanka (about 1619-1671).
Bielsk Podlaski has a rich Jewish history which was wiped out in the Holocaust. More information can be found at Bielsk Podlaski JewishGen including the full text of the English section of the Bielsk Podlaski Memorial Book and documents of the organization of US immigrants from Bielsk Podlaski called The Bielsker Bruderlicher Unterstitzungs Verein. 
Detailed data as of 31 December 2007:
It is the seat of Gmina Bielsk Podlaski, but is not part of Gmina Bielsk Podlaski.
The chief executive of the government is the Mayor (Polish: Burmistrz).
Neighbouring Political Subdivisions
Bielsk Podlaski (town) is bordered by Gmina Bielsk Podlaski.
The region has a continental climate which is characterized by high temperatures during summer and long and frosty winters. The average amount of rainfall during the year exceeds 550 millimetres (21.7 in).
|Climate data for Bielsk Podlaski|
|Average high °C (°F)||−3
|Average low °C (°F)||−6
Roads and Highways
- National Road 19 - Kuźnica Białystoka Border Crossing (Belarus) - Kuźnica - Białystok - Bielsk Podlaski - Siemiatycze - Międzyrzec Podlaski - Kock - Lubartów - Lublin - Kraśnik - Janów Lubelski - Nisko - Sokołów Małopolski - Rzeszów
- National Road 66 - Zambrów - Brańsk - Bielsk Podlaski - Kleszczele - Czeremcha - Połowce Border Crossing (Belarus)
- Voivodeship Road 689 689 - Bielsk Podlaski - Hajnówka - Białowieża -:CLOSED: Border Crossing (Belarus)
Twin towns — sister cities
Bielsk Podlaski is twinned with:
People from Bielsk Podlaski
- Nadzieja Artymowicz, poet
- Wojciech Borecki, fotball manager
- Jarosław Borowski, scrablista
- Mirosław Car, football player
- Małgorzata Dmitruk, painter
- Lech Feszler, senator
- Doroteusz Fionik, ethnographer
- Ignacy Fonberg, chemist
- Marta Gryko, actress
- Father Leon Knabit, Benedictine priest
- Cezary Kosiński, actor
- Józef Lewartowski, activist
- Josif Łangbard, architect
- Jerzy Plutowicz, poet
- Małgorzata Prokopiuk-Kępka, journalist
- Maciej Radel, actor
- Marta Romaniuk, model
- Kamila Stepaniuk, athlete
- Rościsław Stepaniuk, pilot
- Captain Władysław Wysocki, recipient of the Virtuti Militari
- Mina Bern (1911–2010); Yiddish theatre actress
- Zoja Saczko, poet
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bielsk Podlaski.|
- "Central Statistical Office (GUS) Population: Size and Structure by Administrative Division" (in Polish). 31 December 2007.
- "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Bielsk Podlaski, Poland". Retrieved July 2008.