Wola

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Wola
Warsaw District
Modern buildings in Wola zingela District
Modern buildings in Wola zingela District
Location of Wola within Warsaw
Location of Wola within Warsaw
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Masovian
County/City Warsaw
Notable landmarks Powązki Cemetery
Government
 • Mayor Marek Andruk
Area
 • Total 19.26 km2 (7.44 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 143,996
 • Density 7,500/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Area code(s) +48 22
Website wola.waw.pl

Wola (Polish pronunciation: [ˈvɔla]) is a district in western Warsaw, Poland, formerly the village of Wielka Wola, incorporated into Warsaw in 1916. An industrial area with traditions reaching back to the early 19th century, it is slowly changing into an office and residential district. Several museums are located in Wola.


History[edit]

First mentioned in the 14th century, it became the site of the elections, from 1573 to 1764, of Polish kings by the szlachta (nobility) of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The Wola district later became famous for the Polish Army's defence of Warsaw in 1794 during the Kościuszko Uprising and in 1831 during the November Uprising, when Józef Sowiński and Józef Bem defended the city against tsarist forces.

During the Warsaw Uprising (August–October 1944), fierce battles raged in Wola. Around August 8, Wola was the scene of the largest single massacre in Poland of 40,000 to 50,000 civilians. The area was held by Polish fighters belonging to the Armia Krajowa.

Neighbourhoods[edit]

Sub-districts of Wola

Wola is divided into the neighbourhoods (osiedle) of Czyste, Koło, Mirów, Młynów, Nowolipki, Odolany, Powązki and Ulrychów neighbourhoods, which in many cases correspond to old villages or settlements.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Wola travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 52°14′0″N 20°57′26″E / 52.23333°N 20.95722°E / 52.23333; 20.95722