|First mention (Primary Chronicle)||1019|
|First mention (Novgorod First Chronicle)||1017|
|• Chairman of the Brest City Executive Committee||Aleksandr Rogachuk|
|• Chairman of the Brest City Council of Deputies||Nikolai Krasovsky|
|• Total||145 km2 (56 sq mi)|
|Elevation||280.4 m (919.9 ft)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)|
The city of Brest is a historic site of many cultures. It was the location of important historical events such as the
During medieval times, the city was part of the
Several theories attempt to account for the origin of the city's name. It might have come from the Slavic root beresta meaning "
Once a center of Jewish scholarship, the city has the
Brest became part of the
Brest's coat of arms features an arrow pointed upwards and a bow (both silver) on a sky-blue shield. It was adopted on January 26, 1991. An alternative coat of arms has a red shield.