Brest Litovsk Voivodeship

Brest-Litovsk Voivodeship
Brest-Litovsk Voivodeship
Województwo brzesko-litewskie
Voivodeship of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, later Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Flag Coat of arms
Brest-Litovsk Voivodeship in red. Voivodeship's borders did not change since the Union of Lublin.
Capital Brest-Litovsk
  Established 1566
  Third partition of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth 1795
Area 40,600 km2 (15,676 sq mi)
Political subdivisions counties: two
Brześć Litewski Voivodeship in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Brest Litovsk Voivodeship (Belarusian: Берасьцейскае ваяводзтва, Polish: Województwo brzeskolitewskie) was a unit of administrative territorial division and a seat of local government (voivode) within the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) since 1566 until the May Constitution in 1791, and from 1791 to 1795 (partitions of Poland) as a voivodeship in Poland. It was constituted from Brest-Litovsk and Pinsk counties.


It was created from southern part of Trakai Voivodeship in 1566. In 1791 Kobryn and Pinsk-Zarzeche (Its center was Poltnica, now Plotnitsa) counties were created. Pinsk-Zarzeche country was renamed as Zapynsky and its seat was moved to Stolin. After the Second Partition of Poland, in 1793, Pinsk and Zapynsky countries were left to Russian Empire as part of Minsk Governorate. Finally remainder of it was dissolved in 1795 and part of Slonim Governorate.

Zygmunt Gloger in his monumental book Historical Geography of the Lands of Old Poland provides this description of the Brest Litovsk Voivodeship:

“After the death of Yaroslav the Wise, the land located between the Bug, and the Dniepr were divided into several duchies. The Principality of Turov and Pinsk in the late 1310s joined the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (...) Kestutis, the son of the Grand Duke Gediminas, ruled western Lithuania, including Podlasie, Troki Voivodeship, and Polesie, together with Pinsk. During his reign, the three regions of Polesie - those of Brzesc, Pinsk and Turow were united. After the Union of Lublin, due to its immense area, Polesie was separated from Troki Voivodeship. Brzesc Voivodeship was created, in a shape which remained unchanged until the 1793 Second Partition of Poland. Central and eastern parts of the voivodeship were made of former Principality of Turov and Pinsk (...)

Brzesc Voivodeship was divided into two enormous counties - those of Brzesc and Pinsk. Each county had its own starosta, electing two deputies to the Sejm, and two deputies to the Lithuanian Tribunal. The voivodeship had two senators, who were the Castellan and the Voivode (...) Among major cities were Brzesc, Pinsk, Biala Podlaska, Koden, Wolczyn and Kamieniec Litewski. In northeastern corner of Brzesc Voivodeship was Bialowieza Forest, where Polish kings hunted”.


Voivodeship Governor (Wojewoda) seat:



    Coordinates: 52°05′12″N 23°39′32″E / 52.086630°N 23.658771°E / 52.086630; 23.658771

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