For other places with the same name, see Bielawa (disambiguation).


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Coordinates: 50°42′N 16°37′E / 50.700°N 16.617°E / 50.700; 16.617
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lower Silesian
County Dzierżoniów
Gmina Bielawa (urban gmina)
Established 13th century
Town rights 1924
  Mayor Ryszard Dźwiniel
  Total 36.21 km2 (13.98 sq mi)
Highest elevation 964 m (3,163 ft)
Lowest elevation 280 m (920 ft)
Population (2010)
  Total 31,988
  Density 880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 58-260 to 58-263
Area code(s) +48 74
Car plates DDZ

Bielawa [bʲɛˈlava] (German: Langenbielau; Silesian: Bjelawa), population 31,988 (2010), is a town in southwestern Poland. Since 1999, it has been situated in Dzierżoniów County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship. From 1975–1998, it was part of the Wałbrzych Voivodeship, and from the 13th century up to 1945 was inside of Germany territory.

Bielawa lies in the central part of Lower Silesia, along the Bielawica stream in the Sowie Mountains region. The town covers an area in excess of 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi).

Bielawa lies at an altitude range of 280 and 964 m above sea level, in the Sowie Mountains. It is considered one of the most naturally beautiful regions of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, and is a year-round tourist destination. Its outdoor attractions include four major hiking trails of varying difficulty in an 80 square kilometer scenic park, as well as cycling trails and ski lifts.


Main sights

Bielawa has a rich choice of old architecture. At its center is the 19th-century Neo-Gothic Church of the Assumption with a 101 m tall tower, the third tallest in Poland. Other interesting buildings include a late-Renaissance palace originally built as a fortified manor house; the Church of the Corpus Christi, erected in 1743; and numerous 18th-century Baroque houses that were restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is also a home to a number of medieval penitential crosses.


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International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

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Coordinates: 50°42′N 16°37′E / 50.700°N 16.617°E / 50.700; 16.617

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