Rejowiec, Lublin Voivodeship
Ossoliński Palace (now location of city hall and town council)
Rejowiec pronounced [rɛˈjɔvjɛt͡s] is a town in Chełm County, Lublin Voivodeship, in eastern Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Rejowiec. It lies approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) south-west of Chełm and 52 km (32 mi) east of the regional capital Lublin.
The town has a population of 2,114.
Rejowiec is located about 40 km south of Lublin, close to an intersection of railroads and roads. The village was established in the 16th century by a family of noblemen named Rej, who were active in spreading the Calvinist religion, and established a religious college in the village.
In 1547, Rejowiec received acknowledgement (and privileges) as a town, from King Sigismund I the Old, including the right to hold two annual fairs, and an exemption from taxes for 10 years. In the 17th century the owners of Rejowiec changed, a number of times, and the Calvinist College closed. In the 18th century, when the Catholic reaction grew, the remaining Calvinists were repressed.
In the second half of the 19th century, a copper casting factory and two tanneries were established in Rejowiec. The town was called a village again since the second half of the 19th century. The biggest industrial factory in Rejowiec (until 1939) was the glass factory that employed 180 workers.
From 1 January 2017, Rejowiec is again called a town.
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