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Białowieża

Białowieża is a village in Poland, in Podlaskie Voivodeship, in the middle of Białowieża Forest, of which it is a namesake. The population of the settlement is 2,000. It lies approximately 21 kilometres east of Hajnówka and 66 km south-east of the regional capital Białystok.

Białowieża is in north-eastern Poland in the Podlaskie Voivodeship near the border with Belarus. The nearest city is Białystok, which is the capital of the voivodeship. Białowieża is also connected to the town of Hajnówka some 20 km away. Through Białowieża flows river Narewka.

Białowieża is the seat of the administrative district of Gmina Białowieża, which encompasses an area of 203 km2 and has a population of 3068. Other villages in Białowieża area are Budy, Gródek, Pogorzelce, and Teremiski.

 

Bisons & The Forest

Białowieża Forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. The forest is home to 800 European bison, Europe's heaviest land animal. The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and an EU Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation. It straddles the border between Poland  and Belarus, and is located 70 km north of Brest, Belarus and 62 kmsoutheast of Białystok, Poland. Since the border between the two countries runs through the forest, there is a border crossing available for hikers and cyclists.