- Brest, Belarus
official_name = Брэст Брест Brest
imagesize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Brest, shown within the Brest Voblast
subdivision_type = Country Subdivision
leader_name = Alexander Palishenko
established_title = Founded
established_date = 1019
area_total_km2 = 78.9
population_as_of = 2008
population_total = 312,950
population_density_km2 = 3966.4
timezone = EET
utc_offset = +2
timezone_DST = EEST
utc_offset_DST = +3
latd=52 |latm=08 |latNS=N
elevation_m = 280.4
postal_code = 224000
area_code = +375 (0)162
blank_name = License plate
blank_info = 1
website = [http://www.brest.gov.by http://www.brest.gov.by]
Brest ( _be. Брэст, IPA2|brɛst; _ru. Брест; see also ), formerly also Brest-on-the-Bug and Brest-Litovsk, is a city (population 312,950 in 2008) in
Belarusat the border with Poland, where the Western Bug and Mukhavets rivers meet. It is the capital city of the Brest voblast.
Being situated on the main railway line connecting Berlin and Moscow, and an intercontinental highway, Brest became a principal border crossing since World War II in Soviet times. Today it links the
European Unionand the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Because of the break of railway gauge at Brest between the Russian broad-gauge system and the European
standard gauge, all passenger cars continuing service beyond Brest must have their bogies changed here, and cargo in freight trains must be transshipped. Some of the land in the Brest rail yards remains contaminated as a result of the transshipment of radioactivematerials here since Soviet days.
There are several theories of the city name origin. The most common are as follows,
* the name of the city comes from the Slavic root "beresta" meaning
* the name of the city comes from the Slavic root "berest" meaning
* the name of the city comes from the
Lithuanian word "brasta" meaning ford. [Encyclopedia Lituanica.Boston, Massachusetts, Vol. I, p.409. LCC74-114275]
The city was founded by
Slavs. As "Berestye" it was first mentioned in the Russian Primary Chroniclein 1019 as a town in Kievan Rus. It was subdued several times by Poland and by Lithuania, laid waste by the Mongolsin 1241(see: Mongol invasion of Europe), and was not rebuilt till 1275, in 1390 received Magdeburg rights; its suburbs were burned by the Teutonic Knightsin 1379; and in the end of the 15th century the whole town met a similar fate at the hands of a khan of the Crimea. It was renamed Brest-Litovsk in the 16th century, after it became part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealthin 1569 (see: Union of Lublin).
During the reign of the Polish king
Sigismund III Vasa, diets were held there; and in 1594 and 1596 it was the meeting-place of two remarkable councils of the Roman-Catholic Churchand Eastern Orthodox Churchbishops of the region; the 1596council establishing the Uniate Churchknown also as Ukrainian Greek Catholic Churchin Ukraine. In 1657, and again in 1706, the town was captured by the Swedes; in 1794 it was the scene of Suvorov's victory over the Polish general Sierakowski; Brest passed to Russia when Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth was partitioned for the third time in 1795 (see: Partitions of Poland). During Russian rule in the 19th century a large fortress was built in and around the city.
The town was captured by the
German Empirein 1915, during World War I. In March of 1918, in the Brest-Litovsk fortresson the western outskirts of Brest at the confluence of the Western Bug and Mukhavets Rivers, the Treaty of Brest-Litovskwas signed, ending the war between Russia and the Central Powersand transferring the city and its surrounding region to the sphere of influence of the German Empire. This treaty was subsequently annulled by the treaties which ended the war.
The newly reconstituted Poland took control of Brest in 1919. The city changed hands twice during the
Polish-Soviet Warand eventually stayed inside Polish borders, a development that was formally recognized by the Treaty of Rigain 1921. In the fortress, heavily damaged during World War I, Polish Armytroops with the headquarters of the 9th Military District were stationed, and the city itself became a capital of Polesie VoivodeshipIn 1930 Wincenty Witosand some other prominent Polish statesmen were detained here before the notorious trial in Warsaw.
During the Invasion of Poland in 1939 the city was defended by a small garrison of four infantry battalions under Gen.
Konstanty Plisowskiagainst the XIX Panzer Corps of Gen. Heinz Guderian. After four days of heavy fighting the Polish forces withdrew southwards on September 17 (more in articles: Battle of Brześć Litewski). [http://www.bfcollection.net/cities/belarus/brest/brest.html Boris Feldblyum Collection]
The city was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1939 in accordance with the
Ribbentrop-Molotov pact's Secret Protocol effectively partitioning Poland signed with Nazi Germany in August 1939. Some Belarusians considered it a reunification of the Belarusian nation under one constituency ( BSSRat that time).
On June 22, 1941 the fortress and the city was attacked by
Nazi Germanyat the beginning of the surprise war, codenamed Operation Barbarossa, but held out for six weeks. Nearly all the defenders perished. Brest's Jewish community was decimated under Nazi rule in 1942. The city was occupied once more by the Red Army on 28 July 1944. An interesting fact was the large number of ethnic Chechensin the contingent of the fortress, which politically always contradicted the somewhat stereotypical view that Chechens were collaborators of Nazi Germany.Fact|date=February 2007 According to the agreements of the Yalta Conferenceof February 1945, Brest's status as part of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic was officially recognised and the Poles, the majority of the inhabitants, were expelled. It is now part of the independent country of Belarus.
ights in Brest
is located on the southern island of the Hero-Fortress. It offers objects and huts dated back to the 11th - 13th century, that were unearthed during excavations in the 1970s.Brest also hosts the first Belarusian outdoor railway museum.
Brest contains a synagogue, which was regarded in the 16th century as the first in Europe. It is also the seat of an Armenian and of a Greek Catholic bishop; the former has authority over the Armenians throughout the whole country.
Holocaustmemorial commemorates the dead Jews of Brest ghetto. Brest City Parkis 100 years old, but looks quite new after the recent reconstruction.
Brest has several stadiums, indoor sport halls and many outdoor sport facilities.
The local airport (code BQT), is operating flights to the capital city
Minskand to Moscow and Novgorodin Russia on a weekly basis. It is currently closed.
ights around Brest
Belavezhskaya PushchaNational Park, 70 km north of Brest, is a biosphere reserve of world distinction and can be reached by car or bus. This medieval forest is home to rare European bison ( wisent). There is a museum and a zoo, available for tourists in the forest, animals can be seen in enclosures all the year round. 2 hotels and some restaurants and bars are there. Excursions can also be taken by horse and cart into the interior of the forest. As a new tourist attraction, the forest features the residence of Grandfather Frost, known as Ded Moroz, the Eastern Slavic Santa Claus, that works all the year round.Brest also hosts the first Belarusian outdoor railway museum. Brest City Parkis old, but looks new after the recent reconstruction. Kamyanets, Belarus, that lies on the way to the National park from Brest, features an outstanding landmark, the 13th-century tower of Kamyanets.
The village of Kosova, where
Tadeusz Kościuszkowas born, is also in the Brest region and features a 19th-century palace and a nice Roman Catholicchurch. Brest can easily be reached from Warsaw (Poland) by taking the daily sleeper train to Brest Centralnaya (Brest Central) from the central train station in Warsaw, although visas must be sorted out for EU passport holders before travelling. There are a few hotels in Brest, including "Intourist" on Praspekt Masherava (Masherova Prospect).
Sister cities of Brest [ [http://city.brest.by/article_in.php?id=1464&tc=26&tc2=31 Побратимские связи г. Бреста.] ] :
Nizhny Tagil, Russia
Saint Petersburg("Nevski rayon"), Russia
Biała Podlaska, Poland
* Mittleres Schussental (Weingarten,
Ravensburg, Baienfurt, Baindt, Berg), Germany
minor planet 3232 Brestdiscovered by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Ivanovna Chernykhin 1974 is named after the city. [ [http://books.google.com/books?q=3232+Brest+1974+SU Dictionary of Minor Planet Names - p.269] ]
Menachem Begin, former prime minister of Israel
David Dubinsky, former head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America
Louis Gruenberg, composer
Nikolay Karpol, Russian women's volleyball coach
David B. Steinman
* The Soloveitchik Rabbinical family associated with the
Brisk yeshivas, and descendant Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik
Jarosław Dąbrowski, Polish revolutionary and general
Yulia Nesterenko, women's Olympic 100 m champion
* [http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?AddButton=pagesBRBrest.htm Entry in the "Encyclopedia of Ukraine"]
* [http://www.brest-belarus.org Jewish Brest-Litovsk (Brisk)- Your Virtual Shtetl (Town)]
* [http://www.city-walk.brest-belarus.org/ Streets of Brest]
* [http://brest.the.by/ Weather of Brest, 6 days - brest.the.by]
* [http://www.bfcollection.net/cities/belarus/brest/brest.html Historic images of Brest]
* [http://radzima.org/pub/miesta.php?lang=en&miesta_id1=brbrbier Photos on Radzima.org]
* [http://camera.brest.by/view/index.shtml Webcam]
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