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Białowieża

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Białowieża bJało'wJeża (Белавежа, Biełavieža) is a village (population 2,000 as of 2002) in Poland's Podlasie Province, in the middle of the Białowieża Forest, to which it gave its name. The village is some east of Hajnówka and southeast of the province capital, Białystok. Location Białowieża is in eastern Poland, in Podlasie Province, near Poland's border with Belarus. The nearest city is Białystok, the province capital. Białowieża is also connected to the town of Hajnówka, some away. The Narewka River flows through Białowieża. Białowieża is the seat of the administrative district of Gmina Białowieża, which encompasses an area of and has a population of 3068 (2000). Other villages in the district are Budy, Gródek, Pogorzelce, and Teremiski. History Before 1426, a wooden hunting lodge was built for King Władysław Jagiełło on the Łutownia River, in the middle of the Białowieża Forest. The lodge was probably one of the area's first permanent settlements, th
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