Mińsk Mazowiecki

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Mińsk Mazowiecki
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Mińsk Mazowiecki
Coordinates: 52°11′N21°34′E / 52.183°N 21.567°E / 52.183; 21.567 Coordinates: 52°11′N21°34′E / 52.183°N 21.567°E / 52.183; 21.567
Voivodeship POL wojewodztwo mazowieckie flag.svg  Masovian
County Mińsk
Gmina Mińsk Mazowiecki (urban gmina)
Established14th century
Town rights1421, 29 May
  MayorMarcin Jakubowski
  Total13.12 km2 (5.07 sq mi)
147 m (482 ft)
  Density3,100/km2 (7,900/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
05-300, 301, 303
Area code(s) +48 025
Car plates WM
Website http://www.minsk-maz.pl

Mińsk Mazowiecki [ˈmʲiɲsk mazɔˈvʲɛt͡skʲi] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ) "Masovian Minsk" is a town in eastern Poland with 40,211 inhabitants (2015). It is situated in the Masovian Voivodeship (since 1999), previously in Siedlce Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Mińsk County.



The source of town name - Mińsk - is the Mienia River, which in turn derives from the verb 'mienić', which means 'to shine'. The postnominal adjective 'Mazowiecki' shows the historical connection to Mazovia and distinguishes Mińsk Mazowiecki from the Belarusian capital of Minsk.


Mińsk Mazowiecki is located geographically in South Podlasie, historically in East Mazovia and administratively in the eastern part of Masovian Voivodeship, 37 kilometres (23 miles) east from Warsaw's Center.

Timeline of history

Jewish history

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Mińsk's stone in Treblinka extermination camp

In 1768 the restrictions on permanent residence for Jewish people in Mińsk had been lifted. [1] From the 19th century to the 1930s it became very popular. Before the Second World War, there were thousands of Jews living in Mińsk and they had a general synagogue and smaller temples. The Novominsk hasidic dynasty was founded here in the late 19th century by Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, a descendant of the Baal Shem Tov.

Soon after the war began, the Germans created the Mińsk Ghetto. It was liquidated on 21 July 1942. Most of the Jews were killed in Treblinka extermination camp sent in Holocaust trains by the thousands. The remaining Jewish population were killed in Mińsk on 10 January 1943 (500 people) and 5 June (the last 150 people).


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Old Church


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Stylowa Hotel and Restaurant





Age / GenderNumberTotal
Male 0–183,9787,618
Female 0–183,640
Men 18–6512,283
Women 18–6012,496
Retired men1,572
Retired women3,560
16th century
(second half)
18802,940early 20th4,771
200637,529 [ citation needed ]


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Gymnasium nr 3


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19th-century County Hall


Culture and sports

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Dernałowicz Palace




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St. Anthony Church

Public transport


Overall: 13.12 square kilometres (5.07 sq mi)

Historical parts of city

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Estates built as part of Mińsk:



Twin towns – sister cities

Mińsk Mazowiecki is twinned with: [2]

Notable people

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  1. Mińsk Mazowiecki: The beginning of the Jewish settlement. Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Virtual Shtetl.
  2. "Współpraca zagraniczna". minsk-maz.pl (in Polish). Mińsk Mazowiecki. Retrieved 25 February 2021.