|Raion||Bila Tserkva City Municipality|
| • Head of City |
|• Total||67.8 km2 (26.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||178 m (584 ft)|
|• Density||3,100/km2 (8,000/sq mi)|
|Area code(s)||(+380) 4563|
|Sister cities||Barysaw, Jingzhou, Kaunas, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Kremenchuk|
Bila Tserkva (Ukrainian: Бі́ла Це́рква [ˈbilɐ ˈtsɛrkwɐ]; Polish: Biała Cerkiew; Russian: Белая Церковь, romanized: Belaya Tserkov [ˈbʲeləjə ˈtsɛrkəfʲ]; all lit. ''White Church'') is a city in central Ukraine, the largest city in Kyiv Oblast. Bila Tserkva is located on the Ros River approximately 80 km (50 mi) south of Kyiv. The city has an area of 67.8 square kilometres (26.2 sq mi). Its population is approximately 208,737 (2021 est.).
The town was founded in 1032 as Yuriiv by Yaroslav the Wise, whose Christian name was Yuri. The present name of the city, literally translated, is "White Church" and may refer to the white-painted cathedral (no longer extant) of medieval Yuriiv. From 1363 it belonged to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and from 1569 to the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, administratively in the Powiat of Kyiv, part of Lesser Poland. It was crown property, but in recognition of his great service, it was granted to the Castellan of Kraków, Janusz Ostrogski. The next owner was Stanisław Lubomirski (1583–1649) and during his time the town was granted Magdeburg Rights by Sigismund III Vasa in 1620.
After subduing the rebellious Cossacks in the 1626 Battle of Bila Tserkva, the next owner of the estate was prince Jerzy Dymitr Wiśniowiecki. The castle was successfully taken by Bohdan Khmelnytsky in 1648. The Battle of Bila Tserkva (1651) led to the signing of a peace accord with the cossacks. The Treaty of Bila Tserkva between the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and Ukrainian Cossack rebels under Bohdan Khmelnytsky was signed here in 1651. In 1666, 6,000 Muscovite troops laid siege to Bila Tserkva. The standoff lasted until the following year when Polish reinforcements led by Jan Stachurski with the aid of allied cossacks and Iwan Brzuchowiecki smashed Petro Doroshenko's stranglehold.
The subsequent owner was Great Crown Hetman Stanislaw Jan Jabłonowski. In 1702, the castle was taken by the Cossack leader, Semen Paliy who made it his domain. In 1708, the town was overrun by prince Golitsyn's Russian army. The next owner of the town was Jan Stanislaw Jabłonowski, then Stanisław Wincenty Jabłonowski who erected a catholic church. After him ownership passed to Jerzy August Mniszech. The town was substantially refortified.
In 1774, Bila Tserkva (Biała Cerkiew), then the seat of the sub-prefecture (starostwo), came into the possession of Stanisław August Poniatowski who that same year granted the property to Franciszek Ksawery Branicki, Poland's Grand Hetman. He built there his urban residence – the Winter Palace complex and a country residence with the "Olexandria" park (named after his wife Aleksandra Branicka). He founded the Catholic church of John the Baptist and started construction of the Orthodox church, which was completed by his successor – his son, count Władysław Grzegorz Branicki. The latter also built the gymnasium-school complex in Bila Tserkva. Aleksander Branicki, the youngest grandson of the hetman, renovated and finished Mazepa's Orthodox church. Under the rule of count Władysław Michał Branicki, Bila Tserkva developed into a regional commercial and manufacturing centre.
After 1861, the Czarist authorities converted the Roman Catholic church into an Orthodox Church. During Soviet times, Bila Tserkva became a large industrial hub (machine building and construction industry).
Bila Tserkva is located at 49°47'58.6" North, 30°06'32.9" East and is 178 metres (584 ft) above sea level. The city has a total area of 67.8 square kilometres (26.2 sq mi).
|Climate data for Bila Tserkva (1981–2010)|
|Average high °C (°F)||−1.1
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−3.8
|Average low °C (°F)||−6.4
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||30.8
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)||7.7||7.3||6.9||7.8||7.8||9.5||9.1||6.3||7.0||6.3||7.6||8.1||91.4|
|Average relative humidity (%)||85.1||83.2||78.1||67.7||63.8||70.7||71.4||69.3||74.3||79.1||86.1||87.6||76.4|
|Source: World Meteorological Organization|
Up to the 20th century, the majority of the population of Bila Tserkva were Jews: by the end of the 19th century, 18,720 Jews lived in the city (52.9% of the city's total population).[circular reference]
Evolution of Bila Tserkva's population (source: Ukrainian Wikipedia)
|Jews||36.4 %||19.6 %||7.8 %||2.0 %||0.1 %|
|Russians||3.4 %||7.6 %||18.6 %||17.5 %||10.3 %|
|Ukrainians||57.0 %||68.9 %||71.0 %||78.6 %||87.4 %|
|Belarusians||0.3 %||1.0 %||0.8 %||0.6 %|
|Poles||2.4 %||2.2 %||0.2 %||0.2 %||0.1 %|
The destruction of the Jewish population, first by the Cossacks, Stalin's purges, and then during the Holocaust, partly as a result of the Bila Tserkva massacre, caused a major demographic shift and as a result, the city is now mostly inhabited by ethnic Ukrainians.
Domestic transport and private flights provide services via Bila Tserkva Airport (UKBC), which is located southwest of the city in Hayok district.
Ukrzaliznytsia provides railway transit to surrounding areas in Kyiv Oblast and the rest of Ukraine.
There are two railway stations in Bila Tserkva:
- Bila Tserkva railway station
- Rotok railway station
Bila Tserkva has six trolleybus lines.
Bila Tserkva is the location of a few large bridges, two of which cross the Ros River.
The Orthodox Saviour's Transfiguration Cathedral was constructed in 1833–1839.
The Roman Catholic St. John the Baptist Church dates to 1812.
The St. Mary Magdalene Church was completed in 1846 by Count Branicki.
- mother Elżbieta Róża Czacka – born on the family in Bila Tserkva, philantropist and nun, beatified in 2021
- Eugene Deslaw – avant-garde French cinema director
- Luka Dolinski – Ukrainian painter, representative of the late Ukrainian Baroque, Rococo and Classicism, educated in Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
- Les Kurbas – Ukrainian movie and theater director, co-founder of Soviet theater avant-garde and a prominent figure of the Executed Renaissance
- Lyudmila Pavlichenko – World War II Soviet sniper. Credited with 309 kills, she is regarded as one of the top military snipers of all time and the most successful female sniper in history.
- David Bronstein – leading chess grandmaster and writer
- Volodymyr Dyudya – Ukrainian cyclist
- David Goodman, father of Benny Goodman – an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader; widely known as the "King of Swing"
- Halyna Nevinchana – Ukrainian painter, writer, journalist
- Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky – well-known Ukrainian writer, ethnographer, folklorist, teacher
- Andrzej Klimowicz – Zegota underground activist, Righteous Among the Nations
- Yuri Linnik – Soviet mathematician
- Olexandr Medvid' – famous Soviet/Belarusian wrestler.
- Pavlo Popovich – Ukrainian Soviet astronaut, 4th ever person in outer space, twice Hero of the Soviet Union
- Yossele Rosenblatt – renowned American cantor
- Shaye Shkarovsky – Yiddish author
- Sholem Aleichem – a leading Yiddish author and playwright: the Fiddler on the Roof musical is based on his stories
- Kostyantyn Efymenko – president of Biofarma, Chairman of Tribo
Twin towns – sister cities
- Tarnów, Poland
- Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland
- Jingzhou, China
- Kaunas, Lithuania
- Barysaw, Belarus
- Kremenchuk, Ukraine
The Roman Catholic St. John the Baptist Church AKA The Organ and Chamber Music Hall
- (after Kyiv which is the administrative center, but not part of the oblast)
- General information about the city, at Bila Tserkva official web-site
- "Чисельність наявного населення України (Actual population of Ukraine)" (PDF) (in Ukrainian). State Statistics Service of Ukraine. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
- Paul Robert Magocsi, A history of Ukraine, University of Toronto Press, 1996, p. 205
- E. A. Chernecki, L. P. Mordatenko, Bila Tserkva. Branicki family. Alexandria, Ogrody rezydencji magnackich XVIII-XIX wieku w Europie Środkowej i Wschodniej oraz problemy ich ochrony, Ośrodek Ochrony Zabytkowego Krajobrazu—Narodowa Instytucja Kultury, 2001, p.114
- Marek Ruszczyc, Dzieje rodu i fortuny Branickich, Delikon, 1991, p. 148
- Lucjan Blit, The origins of Polish socialism: the history and ideas of the first Polish Socialist Party 1878–1886, Cambridge University Press, 1971, p. 21
- "Onwar.com, Allies support resistance in Europe". Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- Carey Schofield, Inside the Soviet Army, Headline Book Publishing, 2001, 132.
- Michael Holm, 251st Instructor Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment, accessed December 2012.
- "World Meteorological Organization Climate Normals for 1981–2010". World Meteorological Organization. Archived from the original on 17 July 2021. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
- Архівована копія.
- "Miasta Partnerskie". Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
- For more images of the park "Olexandria", see klymenko.data-tec.net Archived 25 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article "Byelaya Tserkov".|
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