http://www.bfcollection.net/cities/ukraine/kovel/kovel.html Boris Feldblyum Collection] ] Kovel ( _uk. Ковель, translit. "Kovel’", Polish: Kowel) is a city located in the Volyn Oblast (province), in north-western Ukraine. Serving as the administrative center of the Kovelsky Raion (district), the city itself is also designated as a separate raion within the oblast. It is located around coord|51|13|N|24|43|E|.

Kovel gives its name to one of the oldest Runic inscriptions (now lost). Unearthed near the town in 1858, the Kovel spearhead contained a text in Gothic language ( [http://www.arild-hauge.com/ru-e-rusland.htm illustration] ).

Kovel is the north-western hub of the Ukrainian rail system, with six rail lines radiating out from the city. The first of these was built in 1873, connecting the city with Brest-Litovsk and Rivne. In 1877 Kovel was linked by rail with Lublin and Warsaw in Poland. The current estimated population is around 62,900 (as of 2004).

External links

* [http://www.kowel.com.ua Official website]
* [http://www.bfcollection.net/cities/ukraine/kovel/kovel.html Historic images of Kovel]
* [http://sunsite.berkeley.edu:8085/x-ussr/100k/M-35-026.jpgSoviet topographic map 1:100 000]

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