Slutsk

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This article is about the town in Belarus. For the town near Saint Petersburg known as Slutsk 1918-1944, see Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg.
Slutsk
Слуцк
City Hall of Slutsk
City Hall of Slutsk
Flag of Slutsk  Слуцк
Flag
Official seal of Slutsk  Слуцк
Seal
Slutsk  Слуцк is located in Belarus
Slutsk  Слуцк
Slutsk
Слуцк
Location of Slutsk
Coordinates: 53°02′N 27°34′E / 53.033°N 27.567°E / 53.033; 27.567
Country
Voblast
Raion
 Belarus
Minsk Voblast
 Slutsk Raion
Founded 1116
Area
 • Total 24.6 km2 (9.5 sq mi)
Elevation 250 m (820 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 61,444
 • Density 2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
  [1]
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 223610
Area code(s) +375 1795
License plate 5
Website Official website
Cinema-Theatre "Belarus"

Slutsk (officially transliterated as Sluck Instruction on transliteration of Belarusian geographical names with letters of Latin script, Belarusian: Слуцк; Russian: Слуцк; Polish: Słuck) is a town in Belarus, located on the Sluch River 105 km (65 mi) south of Minsk. As of 2010 its population is of 61,400.[2] Slutsk is the administrative center of Slutsk Raion.

Geography[edit]

The town is situated in the south-west of its Region, 26 km (16 mi) north of Soligorsk.

History[edit]

Slutsk was first mentioned in writing in 1116. It was part of the Principality of Turov and Pinsk, but in 1160 it became the capital of a separate Slutsk Principality. From 1320–1330 it was part of the domain of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Later it was owned by the Olelkovich and Radziwiłł families, which transformed the city into a center of the Polish Reformed Church with a Gymnasium that existed until 1918. It was part of Russian Empire after Second Partition of Poland in 1793. It was occupied by Germany in 1918 and again between 1941-1944, and by Poland between 1919 and 1920 during Polish Soviet War.

Following the 17th century the town became famous for its manufactories of kontusz belts, some of the most expensive and luxurious pieces of garment of the szlachta. Because of the popularity of the belts made in Slutsk, all the belts worn over the żupan were often called the Belts of Slutsk, despite their real place of origin.

Until World War II and the Slutsk Affair the town was predominantly Jewish, now the population includes no more than 100 Jews.

In 1920 Slutsk was the centre of a major anti-bolshevik uprising known as the Slutsk defence action.

People[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Slutsk is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2013-01-11. 
  2. ^ (Russian) 2010 Belarus population statistics (RAR file format)

Gallery[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Slutsk at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°02′N 27°34′E / 53.033°N 27.567°E / 53.033; 27.567