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Town Hall in Rawicz
Town Hall in Rawicz
Coat of arms of Rawicz
Coat of arms
Rawicz is located in Poland
Coordinates: 51°36′33″N 16°51′27″E / 51.60917°N 16.85750°E / 51.60917; 16.85750
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Greater Poland
County Rawicz County
Gmina Gmina Rawicz
Established 1638
Town rights 1638
 • Mayor Grzegorz Kubik
 • Total 7.81 km2 (3.02 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 21,301
 • Density 2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 63-900
Area code(s) +48 65
Car plates PRA
Website http://www.rawicz.pl

Rawicz [ˈravʲit͡ʂ] (German: Rawitsch) is a town in central Poland with 21,398 inhabitants (2004). It is situated in the Greater Poland Voivodeship (since 1999); previously it was in Leszno Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Rawicz County.


The town was founded by Adam Olbracht Przyjma-Przyjemski for Protestant refugees from Silesia during the Thirty Years War. From the partition of Poland in 1793 to the Great War of 1914-1918, with a brief interruption in 1815, when Napoleon made it part of the Grand Duchy of Warsaw, Rawicz was part of the German kingdom of Prussia. In the 1800s, it contained a Protestant church and a medieval town hall. The principal industry was the manufacture of snuff and cigars. Trade involved grain, wool, cattle, hides, and timber. In 1905 it had 11,403 inhabitants. A large prison exists in former monastery since 1820. After World War I the town became part of the Second Polish Republic.

A 50 billion cubic feet natural gas discovery at Rawicz in 2015 is expected to be the largest gas development in Poland for 20 years.[1]

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Coordinates: 51°37′N 16°53′E / 51.617°N 16.883°E / 51.617; 16.883