Skyline of Baranavichy
Flag of Baranavichy
Official seal of Baranavichy
Baranavichy is located in Belarus
Location in Belarus
Coordinates: 53°08′N 26°01′E / 53°08′N 26°01′E / 53.133; 26.017
Country Belarus
VoblastBrest Region
RaionBaranavichy District
 • Total53.64 km2 (20.71 sq mi)
193 m (633 ft)
 • Total170,286
 • Density3,200/km2 (8,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+375 (0)163
Former Baranavichy Law Institute, Now a constituent part of Baranavichy State University
Baranavichy. Fountain at Central Square
Ballistic missile on display in Baranavichy

Baranavichy (/ (About this soundlisten); Belarusian: Бара́навічы [baˈranavʲitʂɨ], Łacinka: Baranavičy, ; Russian: Бара́новичи, Polish: Baranowicze, Lithuanian: Baranovičiai, Yiddish: באראנאוויטש‎, Baranovitsh) is a city in the Brest Region of western Belarus with a population (as of 1995) of 173,000. It is a significant railway junction and home to Baranavichy State University. It was also the center of the Baranavichy Voblast between 1939-1941 and again between 1944-1954.


In the second half of the 17th century the Jesuit mission housed in Baranavichy. In the second half of the 18th century Baranavichy was the property of Mosalskih and Neveselovskih, in the 19th century belonged to the Countess E.A. Rozwadowski. It was part of Novogrodek (Now Navahrudak) okrug, which was successively part of Slonim Governorate, Lithuania one, Grodno one and Minsk one.

The city's history began on 17 (29) in November 1871, when began a movement at the newly built section of the railway Smolensk - Brest. Name of the station that arose during construction, gave the nearby village - Baranavichy, the first mention of which is found in the testament of A.E .Sinyavskaya in 1627. Then, in 1871, not far from the station has been built the locomotive depot. 1874 - the appearance of the railway junction. The wooden building of the station, station buildings, a few houses in which lived the railway - such were Baranavichy. The new railway will link Moscow with the western outskirts of the country. The impetus for more intensive settlement of the areas adjacent to the station from the south, was the event in May 1884 - Minsk provincial board has made a decision about building a town on the landlords' lands Rozwadowski, known Rozvadovo. Building of the town was carried out according to plan, approved by the Governor of Minsk May 27, 1884. In the village were 120 houses and lived a half thousand people. According to the plans, approved by Emperor Alexander III, was assumed that there will still be also one railway - Vilnius - Luninets - Pinsk - Rovno. Therefore, at the same time, two and a half kilometers from the station, the Moscow-Brest railway line crossed the track Vilnius-Rovno from Polesie railways. At the crossroads of the railway there is another station Baranavichy (according to Polesie railways), which became the second center of the city. As in the first case, in the area of station settle workers and traders. There is a new settlement, which unlike Rozvadovo, which became informally named the Old Baranavichy, was named New Baranavichy. It was developed on the land owned by peasants of villages located near the new station (Svetilovichi, Gierow, Uznogi). More convenient than the landlords' land, lease terms, proximity to administrative agencies contributed to the rapid growth of this settlement.

Recent history

At the beginning of World War I, Baranavichy was the headquarters of the Russian General Staff. But, after Great Retreat of Russians from Congress Poland, it became a frontline city. It was taken by the German Empire in the Baranovichi Offensive of 25 July 1916 and was under German occupation for 2 years. Finally Germans gave the town to Belarusian People's Republic.

During the Polish-Soviet war, it was occupied by Poland on 18 March 1919. Soviets retook it on 17 July 1920 but the Polish retook it on 30 September 1920. On 1 August 1919 it received city rights and became a poviat centre in Nowogródek Voivodship. In 1921 Baranowicze had over 11,000 inhabitants (67% Jews, with the rest being mostly Belarusians, Poles and Russians). Soon the city started to grow and became an important centre of trade and commerce for the area. The city's Orthodox cathedral was built in the Neoclassical style in 1924-31; it was decorated with mosaics that had survived the demolition of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Warsaw. The city was also an important military garrison, with one KOP Cavalry Brigade, 20th Infantry Division and the Nowogródzka Cavalry Brigade stationed there. Because of the fast growth of local industry, in 1938 a local branch of the Polish Radio was opened. In 1939 Baranavichy had almost 30,000 inhabitants and was the biggest and the most important city in the Nowogródek Voivodship.

After the beginning of World War II the control of the city was gained by the Soviet Union on 17 September 1939. The local Jewish population of 9,000 was joined by approximately 3,000 Jewish refugees from the Polish areas occupied by Germany. After the start of Operation Barbarossa the city was seized by the Wehrmacht on June 25, 1941. It was part of Generalbezirk Weißruthenien in Reichskommissariat Ostland during German occupation. In August of the same year a ghetto was created in the city, with more than 12,000 Jews kept in terrible conditions in six buildings at the outskirts. Between March 4 and December 14, 1942, the entire Jewish population of the ghetto was sent to various German concentration camps and killed in gas chambers. Only about 250 survived the war.[1]

The city was seized by the Red Army on July 6, 1944 (Russian and Ukrainian articles of Baranavichy sets liberation date on 8 July 1944). Significant part of the Polish population of the city had been expelled to Siberia and Kazakhstan. Most of remaining Poles were expelled to Poland. After World War II the city became part of the Soviet Union and the Byelorussian SSR and started to be referred to under its Russian name of Baranovichi. In this time an intensive industrialization took place. In 1991 it became part of independent Belarus.

Other Languages
العربية: بارانافيتشي
asturianu: Baránavichi
azərbaycanca: Baranoviçi
беларуская: Баранавічы
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Баранавічы
български: Барановичи
català: Barànavitxi
Cebuano: Baranavichy
čeština: Baranavičy
Deutsch: Baranawitschy
español: Baránavichi
Esperanto: Baranaviĉi
euskara: Baranavitxi
فارسی: براناویچی
français: Baranavitchy
galego: Baranavičy
한국어: 바라나비치
hornjoserbsce: Baranawičy
hrvatski: Baranaviči
italiano: Baranavičy
עברית: ברנוביץ'
қазақша: Барановичи
latviešu: Baranaviči
lietuvių: Baranovičiai
magyar: Baranavicsi
Nederlands: Baranavitsjy
нохчийн: Барановичи
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Baranovichi
polski: Baranowicze
reo tahiti: Baranavichy
русский: Барановичи
slovenščina: Baranaviči
ślůnski: Baranawiczy
српски / srpski: Баранавичи
svenska: Baranavitjy
татарча/tatarça: Барановичи
тоҷикӣ: Барановичи
Türkçe: Baranaviçı
українська: Барановичі
Volapük: Baranavichy
Winaray: Baranovichi