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Bialowieza

is a village in Poland, located in north-eastern Poland in the Podlaskie Voivodeship near the border with Belarus.

 

 

Sites interest in Białowieża:

  • Bialowieza National Park
  • Historic Palace Park complex
  • Natural Gistory Museum of BPN
  • St. Nicholas the Miraculous' Orthodox Church (with a unique iconostasis from Chinese porcelain)
  • The neo-Gothic sanctuary built in the 1930

 

 

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The origins of the names "Bialowieza"

During the last three centuries, various authors have proposed many hypoteses; some semm to be more likely than others.

The first reference to the word "Bialowieza" was found in Jan Dlugosz  "Annuals: (annals of the famous Polish Kingdoms" written n the years 1455 - 1480. Dlugosz wrote that in 1409, King Wladyslaw Jagiello came from Kamieniec Litewski: "up the Lsna (Lesna) River to Bialowieza, where during eight days he was hunting".  Later, the name Bialowieza is referenced by Marcin Bielski, in the middle of the XVI century. It also appeared in various handwritten documents and royal correspondence. What is interesting is that the plural form "Bialowieza" or "Bialowiez" was used, wchih (in Polish means an sounds close to "white towers" and) allows us to make conjectures that the name might originaly have been connected with some unknown, white towers. However, various authors have been unable to reach agreement about the kind to towers and where they might been situated.

The authors of "The ancient Polands...", Michal Babinski and Tymoteusz Lipienski, speculatethat the white towers crowned a hunting manor-house of Polish Kings, built in the :beginning of XV c. in the present forest range. "Old Bialowieza" (as "Bialo" and "wieza" means "white" and "tower" respectively).

Contemporary authors from the East, suh as Franciszek Giliński, Gieorgij Karcow, and others, pointed to a statement in "Ipatjeski Latopis" where it is written that in 1276, The Duke of Wolyn, Vladimir Vasilkovic, ordered to build a fortified tower in Kamieniec Litewski. Kamieniec Litewski settlement was located between The Lesna and Biala Rivers. and its inhabitans clled the tower "white" because it was unconquerable. Later the tower began to be white painted. Others authors repeated ths hypotesis. 

Some of them claimed that in Bialowieza Forest, there were a few hunting manor - houses with white towers erected by Giedymin, Kiejsut and other Lithuanian princes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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