Courtly Lives - Brzesko, Poland Brzesko Region in Poland
Written by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewski,

Brzesko district, Poland:

Brzesko is a town in Poland, in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship that is 50 kilometres east of Kraków. It is the capital of Brzesko County. As of 2004, its population was 16,912. The town has gone through multiple ownerships since its 1385 founding.


The river Bug rises in the Carpathian Mountains in the Lviv region (Ukraine). The total length of the River Bug is 772 km, 185 km of which forms the border between Ukraine and Poland, and 178 km forms the border between Belarus and Poland. The river is the main tributary of the river Narew (Poland). In the lower reaches, the river Bug is flowing into the Zegrzynskie Lake, a large reservoir that was built as the main source of drinking water for Warsaw.

The main tributaries of the river Bug are:

Within the territory of Poland the river Bug is flowing through the following 3 Voivodeships (administrative regions): Lubelskie, Mazowieckie, Podlaskie. In Ukraine the basin of the river Bug belongs to 2 regions: Lviv and Volyn, in Belarus to the region Brest.

The river Bug itself is not regulated, the depth and width are diversified along the riverbed and the river creates many flood areas and shallow waters. The river water resources are of significant importance for the population living in the catchment: in Ukraine about 2 million people, in Belarus about 0.5 million and 1.1 million in Poland.

In Belarus, the river is used to discharge waste water, for water intake by industry, for fish farming and irrigation; it is not used for drinking purposes.

In Poland, it is mainly used for waste-water discharge, agriculture and recreation. The intake for the production of drinking water for Warsaw is in the Zegrzynskie Lake, in which the Bug is discharging.

In Ukraine, it is used mainly for waste-water discharge, intake by industry, irrigation, fisheries, recreation and in extreme dry years also for drinking-water production.

The main river is in general undisturbed and supports a high quality ecological system.

Battle on the River Bug

Brest on the River Bug ... Brest Fortress ... Photos of the Brest Area

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