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Bila Tserkva ( Français: Bila Tserkva, Spanish: Bila Tserkva, Deutsch: Bila Zerkwa, Русский: Белая Церковь) - (The) city in Ukraine, situated in Kiev Oblast region. According to the latest census, the city population is 199163. Geographical coordinates of Bila Tserkva (WGS84): latitude: 49° 47' 0" N ( 49.7833 ), longitude: 30° 7' 0" E ( 30.1167 ).

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Bila Tserkva

Бiла Церква
Collage of the views of Bila Tserkva, Top left: A view of Ros River and Tsentralnyy Bridge, Top middle: Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, Top right: The Heroes Hundreds of Heaven Street, Bottom upper left: Kurbas Market Mall, Bottom lower left: Colonnade Echo, Bottom right: Panoramic view of Bila Tserkva with Torhova Square
Collage of the views of Bila Tserkva, Top left: A view of Ros River and Tsentralnyy Bridge, Top middle: Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, Top right: The Heroes Hundreds of Heaven Street, Bottom upper left: Kurbas Market Mall, Bottom lower left: Colonnade Echo, Bottom right: Panoramic view of Bila Tserkva with Torhova Square
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Bila Tserkva is located in Kiev Oblast
Bila Tserkva
Bila Tserkva
Location of Bila Tserkva
Bila Tserkva is located in Ukraine
Bila Tserkva
Bila Tserkva
Bila Tserkva (Ukraine)
Coordinates: 49°47′56″N 30°06′55″E / 49.79889°N 30.11528°E / 49.79889; 30.11528
Country  Ukraine
Oblast  Kiev Oblast
Raion Bila Tserkva City Municipality
Founded 1032
Magdeburg Rights 1589
 • Head of City
Gennadii Dykyi
 • Total 67.8 km (26.2 sq mi)
178 m (584 ft)
 • Total 211,100
 • Density 3,100/km (8,100/sq mi)
Postal code
Area code(s) (+380) 4563
Vehicle registration AI/10
Sister cities Barysaw, Jingzhou, Kaunas, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Noginsk, Kremenchuk
Website http://www.bilatserkva.info/

Bila Tserkva (Ukrainian: Бі́ла Це́рква [ˈbilɐ ˈtsɛrkwɐ]; Polish: Biała Cerkiew; Russian: Белая Церковь, tr. Belaya Tserkov; all lit. 'White Church') is a city in central Ukraine, the largest city in Kiev Oblast. Bila Tserkva is located on the Ros River approximately 80 km (50 mi) south of Kiev. The area is 67.8 square kilometres (26.2 sq mi) Its population is approximately 207,745 (2017 est.).

Administratively, Bila Tserkva is incorporated as a town of oblast significance. It also serves as the administrative center of Bila Tserkva Raion (district), though administratively it does not belong to the raion.


The town was founded in 1032 as Yuriiv by Yaroslav the Wise, whose Christian name was Yuri. The present name of the city, literally translated, is "White Church" and may refer to the (no longer existing) white-painted cathedral of medieval Yuriiv. Since 1363 it belonged to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and since 1569 to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, administratively in the Powiat of Kiev, part of Lesser Poland. It was crown property, but in recognition of his great service, it was granted to the Castellan of Kraków, Janusz Ostrogski. The next owner was Stanisław Lubomirski (1583–1649) and during his time the town was granted Magdeburg Rights by Sigismund III Vasa in 1620.

After subduing the rebellious Cossacks in the 1626 Battle of Bila Tserkva, the next owner of the estate was prince Jerzy Dymitr Wiśniowiecki. The castle was successfully taken by Bohdan Chmielnicki in 1648. The Battle of Bila Tserkva (1651) led to the signing of a peace accord with the cossacks. The Treaty of Bila Tserkva between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Ukrainian Cossack rebels under Bohdan Khmelnytsky was signed here in 1651.In 1666 6,000 Muscovite troops laid siege to Bila Tserkva. The stand off lasted until the following year when Polish reinforcements led by Jan Stachurski with the aid of allied cossacks and Iwan Brzuchowiecki smashed Petro Doroshenko's stranglehold.

The subsequent owner was Great Crown Hetman Stanislaw Jan Jablonowski. In 1702 the castle was taken by the cossack leader, Semen Paliy who made it his domain. In 1708 the town was overrun by prince Golitsyn's Russian army. The next owner of the town was Jan Stanislaw Jablonowski, then Stanisław Wincenty Jabłonowski who erected a catholic church. After him ownership passed to Jerzy August Mniszech. The town was substantially refortified.

In 1774, Bila Tserkva (Biała Cerkiew), then the seat of the sub-prefecture (starostwo), came into the possession of Stanisław August Poniatowski who that same year granted the property to Franciszek Ksawery Branicki, Poland's Grand Hetman. He built there his urban residence – the Winter Palace complex and a country residence with the "Olexandria" park (named after his wife Aleksandra Branicka). He founded the Catholic church of John the Baptist and started construction of the Orthodox church which was completed by his successor – his son, count Władysław Grzegorz Branicki. The latter one built also the gymnasium-school complex in Bila Tserkva. Aleksander Branicki, the youngest grandson of the hetman, renovated and finished the Mazepa's Orthodox church. Under the rule of count Władysław Michał Branicki, Bila Tserkva developed into a regional commercial and manufacturing centre.

Bila Tserkva was annexed into the Russian Empire as a result of the Second Partition of Poland in 1793.

After 1861, the Tzarist authorities converted the Roman Catholic church into an Orthodox Church. During the Soviet times Bila Tserkva became a large industrial hub (machine building and construction industry).

During World War II, Bila Tserkva was occupied by the German Army from 16 July 1941 to 4 January 1944. In August 1941 it was the site of the 1941 Bila Tserkva massacre.

During the Cold War, the town was host to the 72nd Guards Krasnograd Motor Rifle Division and the 251st Instructor Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment of Long Range Aviation.


Bila Tserkva is located at 49°47'58.6" North, 30°06'32.9" East and is 178 metres (584 ft) above sea level.The city has a total area of 67.8 square kilometres (26.2 sq mi)




Domestic transport and private flights provide services via Bila Tserkva Airport (UKBC), which is located southwest of the city in Hayok district.


The Ukrzaliznytsia provides railway transit to surrounding areas in Kiev Oblast and rest of Ukraine.

There are two railway stations in Bila Tserkva city:

- Bila Tserkva railway station

- Rotok railway station

Public transit

Bila Tserkva has six trolleybus lines.


Bila Tserkva is the location of few large bridges, two of those cross the Ros River.


Church of John the Baptist, Bila Tserkva

A historical landscape park Arboretum Oleksandriya of 400,67 acres is situated in Bila Tserkva. It was founded in 1793 by the wife of the Polish hetman Franciszek Ksawery Branicki.

Notable buildings include the Merchant Court (1809–1814) and the Post Yard (1825–31).

There are also Palladian wooden buildings of the Branicki "Winter Palace" and the District Nobility Assembly (now it is gone because of a conflagration).

The St. Nicholas Church was started in 1706 by ukrainian Hetman Ivan Mazepa, but was not completed until 1852.

The Orthodox Saviour's Transfiguration Cathedral was constructed in 1833–1839.

The Roman Catholic St. John the Baptist Church dates to 1812.

The St. Mary Magdalene Church was completed in 1846 by Count Branicki.

The building of a mid-19th century Great Choral Synagogue is preserved. Today it is the Technology and Economic College of Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.

The Shukhov Water Tower - a tower that is supporting a water tank was built by a project of Vladimir Shukhov - a Russian engineer-polymath, scientist and architect.


Education in Bila Tserkva is provided by many private and public institutions. The Bila Tserkva area hosts several colleges and universities, including Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University.


The city is home to football team FC Ros' Bila Tserkva. Ros is a team in the lower levels of the Football Federation of Ukraine: Kiev Oblast Football Championship.

Industry in the city includes Railway Brake product manufacturers "Tribo Rail", Tribo plant and the major automobile tire manufacturer "Rosava".

The city is home to hockey club Bilyi Bars, that plays on Bilyi Bars Ice Arena, built by Kostyantyn Efymenko Charitable Foundation.

Notable people

  • Eugene Deslaw – avant-garde French cinema director
  • Luka Dolinski – Ukrainian painter, representative of the late Ukrainian Baroque, Rococo and Classicism, educated in Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
  • Les Kurbas – Ukrainian movie and theater director, co-founder of Soviet theater avant-garde and a prominent figure of the Executed Renaissance
  • Lyudmila Pavlichenko – World War II Soviet sniper. Credited with 309 kills, she is regarded as one of the top military snipers of all time and the most successful female sniper in history.
  • David Bronstein – leading chess grandmaster and writer
  • Volodymyr Dyudya – Ukrainian cyclist
  • David Goodman, father of Benny Goodman – an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader; widely known as the "King of Swing"
  • Halyna Nevinchana – Ukrainian painter, writer, journalist
  • Ivan Nechuy-Levytsky – well-known Ukrainian writer, ethnographer, folklorist, teacher
  • Andrzej Klimowicz – Zegota underground activist, Righteous Among the Nations
  • Vadim Lazarkevich – Russian–Bulgarian illustrator
  • Yuri Linnik – Soviet mathematician
  • Olexandr Medvid' – famous Soviet/Belarusian wrestler.
  • Pavlo Popovich – Ukrainian Soviet astronaut, 4th ever person in outer space, twice Hero of the Soviet Union
  • Yossele Rosenblatt – renowned American cantor
  • Shaye Shkarovsky – Yiddish author
  • Sholem Aleichem – a leading Yiddish author and playwright, the Fiddler on the Roof musical is based on his stories
  • Anna Ulitko – Danish natural scientist
  • Lyudmila Usherovitz (Ayzenberg Married) – Jewish gymnast
  • Shmuel Yerushalmi – Israeli protest poet
  • Yevgen Potocki (Semenenko) – Ukrainian/Soviet rock-musician, 'Stranniki' (en. Wanderers) rock-band founder
  • Yuriy Zagorodniy – footballer
  • Yaroslav Koposov – Ukrainian musician
  • Kostyantyn Efymenko – president of Biofarma, Chairman of Tribo ltd

Twin towns – sister cities


See also

  • Bela Crkva, Banat
  • Bila Tserkva Regiment
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