Statue of John Paul II in Wołomin
|• Mayor||Elzbieta Radwan|
|• Total||17.32 km2 (6.69 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area code(s)||+48 022|
Wołomin [vɔˈwɔmin] ( listen) is the main town of Wołomin County situated in the Masovian Voivodship. Wołomin is situated approximately 20 km (12 mi) east of Warsaw, the capital of Poland, near the railway to Białystok. It has approximately 36,000 inhabitants and covers an area of 14 km2 (5 sq mi).
Wołomin was first mentioned in chronicles from the 15th century. It remained a small village in central Masovia without much significance. Since 19th century, and especially after the foundation of the railway in 1862, Wołomin became a summer holiday destination for Warsaw citizens. The Wołomin glassworks were founded in the beginning of the 20th century.
Wołomin was declared a town in 1919. In 1920 the Polish counter-attack in the Battle of Warsaw was conducted near Wołomin. In the interbellum Wołomin retained its status as a multinational town. There was a big Jewish and Russian minority.
Polish writer Zofia Nałkowska had a house in Wołomin, which became an inspiration for her 1925 book House over meadows (Polish: Dom nad łąkami). During World War II Jews from Wołomin were moved to the Warsaw Ghetto and exterminated by the Germans. Most of the Russian community has escaped westwards before the arrival of the Red Army.
After the war, Wołomin became a capital of the powiat of Wołomin and started to grow rapidly. The window assembly plant was founded and Wołomin soon became a suburb of Warsaw. Even today most of the town's inhabitants commute to Warsaw on a daily basis.
After 1989 Wołomin's glassworks were shut down in the big recession slowdown. However, the technology of production of temperature resist glass, invented in the facility, allowed the factory to continue production and recover under new ownership.
- BS Sure Shot Wołomin - women basketball team, 10th place in Sharp Torell Basket Liga in 2003/2004 season, will play in the 1st League.
Twin towns — Sister cities
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