Archangel Michael church in Gbely
|Elevation||190 m (623 ft)|
|Area||59.945 km2 (23 sq mi)|
|Population||5,149 (31 December 2005)|
|Density||86/km2 (223/sq mi)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||908 45|
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The first written record about Gbely was in 1392. It gained town rights in the 16th–17th centuries. Petroleum was discovered in 1912 and extraction started in 1914.
Gbely lies at an altitude of 190 metres (623 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 59.945 square kilometres (23.1 sq mi). It is located in the Záhorie region, in the Chvojnická pahorkatina hills, around 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the district seat Skalica and 75 kilometres (47 mi) the Slovak capital Bratislava.
According to the 2001 census, the town had 5,223 inhabitants. 96.09% of inhabitants were Slovaks, 1.26% Czechs 0.96% Roma,and 1% Amit. The religious make-up was 83.40% Roman Catholics, 14.57% people with no religious affiliation and 0.69% Lutherans.
The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive "Statny Archiv in Bratislava, Slovakia"
- Roman Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1710-1904 (parish A)
- Lutheran church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1786-1895 (parish B)