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Смаргонь (in Belarusian)
Church of Saint Michael
Church of Saint Michael
Flag of Smarhon’
Coat of arms of Smarhon’
Coat of arms
Smarhon’ is located in Belarus
Coordinates: 54°29′1″N 26°24′0″E / 54.48361°N 26.40000°E / 54.48361; 26.40000
Country Belarus
RegionHrodna Region
FoundedOctober 2, 1503
150 m (490 ft)
 • Total36,283
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
231000, 231041-231045
Area code(s)+375 1592
License plate4
WebsiteOfficial website

Smarhon’ or Smorgon (Belarusian: Смарго́нь, [smarˈɣonʲ]; Russian: Сморгонь; Lithuanian: Smurgainys; Polish: Smorgonie; Yiddish: סמאָרגאָן‎) is a city in the Grodno Region of Belarus. It was the site of Smarhon’ air base, now mostly abandoned. Smarhon’ is located 107 km from the capital, Minsk.

In the early 17th century it was established in Grand Duchy of Lithuania but in 1793 passed on to Russia as part of the Russian Pale of Settlement. Until the mid 19th century, Smarhon’ was a private property of the Radziwiłł family with most of its population being Jewish. Shortly after World War I until World War II Smarhon’ returned to Second Polish Republic which claimed rights to this territory as a successor to Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and as victorious side of the Polish–Soviet War.

Smorgon is known as the place where the so-called Bear Academy was founded.

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Smarhon’ is twinned with:

Famous natives and citizens of Smarhon’[edit]


  1. ^ "World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2013-01-11.
  2. ^ Heath, Nick (2006). "Mett, Ida, 1901-1973". Libcom.

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