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|First mentioned||12th century as town of Rokitnya. Become a town in 1938, administrative center in 1984|
|Area code(s)||+380 +486|
Pohrebyshche (Ukrainian: Погребище) is a small city in Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine. It is the administrative center of Pohrebyshche Raion (district) in western Ukraine. Pohrebyshche is situated near the sources of the Ros River. Population: 9,898 (2013 est.).
The town is very old and origin of its name is not clear. Pohreb means a big cellar in Ukrainian. On another hand Pohrebaty can be interpreted as to perform a burial. According to a legend, put down by Ukrainian ethnographer Pokhilevich, before Mongol invasion of Rus, during the times of Kyiv the town was called Rokitnya. Mongols level the town leaving only the cellars.
Countess Ewelina Hańska (Rzewuska) a Polish noblewoman (szlachcianka) was born January 6, 1805 in Pohrebyshche. Ewelina was the sister of Henryk Rzewuski. She was married to Wacław Hański, a landowning noble, who was about twenty years older than she was. After his death she became wife of the French novelist Honoré de Balzac in 1850.
The town had a substantial Jewish population before the Communists took over. There were periodic pogroms before then and raids by the Bolsheviks before Lenin's definitive consolidation of power. In 1928, the large Synagogue was converted into a Workmans Club.
Other nearby communities
- Vinnytsia 40 miles (64 km) ENE
- Plyskiv 8 miles (13 km) S
- Borshchahovka 12 miles (19 km) E
- Ruzhyn 16 miles (26 km) N
- Belilovka 17 miles (27 km) NW
- Samhorodok 19 miles (31 km) W
- Tetiiv 19 miles (31 km) ESE
- Lypovets 20 miles (32 km) SSW
- Zhivotivka 21 miles (34 km) SE
- Vakhnovka 22 miles (35 km) WSW
- Skvyra 25 miles (40 km) NE
- Koziatyn 25 miles (40 km) NW
- Illintsi 25 miles (40 km) S
- Pavoloch 28 miles (45 km) NNE
- Volodarka 29 miles (47 km) E
- Balabanivka 30 miles (48 km) SSE
- Berdychiv 42 miles (68 km) SE
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