Infobox Settlement
name = Siedlce

imagesize = 250px
image_caption = Town center

image_shield = Herb Siedlce.svg

pushpin_label_position = bottom
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = POL
subdivision_type1 = Voivodeship
subdivision_name1 = Masovian
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = "City county"
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Wojciech Kudelski
established_title = Established
established_date = 1448
established_title3 = Town rights
established_date3 = 1547
area_total_km2 = 32
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 77047
population_density_km2 = auto
timezone = CET
utc_offset = +1
timezone_DST = CEST
utc_offset_DST = +2
latd = 52 | latm = 9 | lats = 54 | latNS = N | longd = 22 | longm = 16 | longs = 17 | longEW = E
elevation_m = 155
postal_code_type = Postal code
postal_code = 08-100 to 08-119
area_code = +48 025
blank_name = Car plates
blank_info = WS
website =
Siedlce Audio-IPA-pl|Siedlce.ogg|'|ś|e|d|l|c|e ( _yi. שעדליץ "Shedlits", _ru. Sedlets (Latinized)) is a town in eastern Poland with 77,092 inhabitants (as of 2005). Situated in the Masovian Voivodeship (since 1999), previously the town was the capital of a separate Siedlce Voivodeship (1975-1998).

Towns such as Siedlce in the depressed east have now been emptied by large-scale emigration to the West. Statistics show that 14 per cent of employers recently reported labour shortages, compared with 8 per cent in the first quarter of 2004.

The town was most probably founded some time before 15th century and was first mentioned under the name of Siedlecz in a document of 1448. In 1503 Daniel Siedlecki erected a new village of the same name nearby and a church in the middle. In 1547 the town, created out of a merger of the two villages, was granted Magdeburg rights by King Sigismund the Old. Until 1807, when it was confiscated by the Russian authorities, it remained a private property of several notable magnate families, among them Czartoryski and Ogiński. During the World War II more than 50% of all buildings in the city, including a historical town hall, were destroyed.


Higher education

* [ Akademia Podlaska (University of Podlasie)]
* [ Nauczycielskie Kolegium Języków Obcych (Foreign Languages Teachers' College)] granting diplomas of the University of Warsaw
* [ Wyższa Szkoła Finansów i Zarządzania (The College of Finance and Management)]
* [ Wyższe Seminarium Duchowne (Theological seminary)]
* [ Medical University of Warsaw, Faculty of Health Sciences]

Notable secondary schools

* [ I LO im. Bolesława Prusa (Bolesław Prus Grammar School)]
* [ II LO im. Św. Królowej Jadwigi (St. Queen Jadwiga Grammar School)]

People from Siedlce

* Artur Boruc - a Celtic Glasgow goalkeeper
* Lidia Chojecka - a Polish middle distance runner who specializes in the 1500 metres and sometimes 3000 metres.
* Agata Wróbel - weightlifter, 2000 Summer Olympics silver medalist
* Aleksandra Klejnowska - weightlifter
* Bolesław Prus - writer, novelist
* Leon Wyczółkowski - painter
* Bohdan Arct - fighter pilot, writer
* Józef Oleksy - former PM of Poland

ister cities

*flagicon|Ukraine Berdychiv, Ukraine
*flagicon|Germany Dasing, Germany
*flagicon|Russia Kirov, Russia
*flagicon|Italy Pescantina, Italy
*flagicon|Slovakia Sabinov, Slovakia
*flagicon|Belarus Vawkavysk, Belarus
*flagicon|Lithuania Vilnius Region, Lithuania


See also

* Siedlce Department ( _pl. Departament Siedlecki): a unit of administrative division and local government in Polish Duchy of Warsaw in years 1806–1815.
* Gdańsk-Siedlce - one of the quarters of the city of Gdańsk.

External links

* [ Official Siedlce website] en icon

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