For other uses, see Rawicz (disambiguation).

Town Hall in Rawicz

Coat of arms
Coordinates: 51°36′33″N 16°51′27″E / 51.60917°N 16.85750°E / 51.60917; 16.85750
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Greater Poland
County Rawicz County
Gmina Gmina Rawicz
Established 1638
Town rights 1638
  Mayor Tadeusz Pawłowski
  Total 7.81 km2 (3.02 sq mi)
Population (2006)
  Total 21,301
  Density 2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 63-900
Area code(s) +48 65
Car plates PRA
Website http://www.rawicz.pl

Rawicz [ˈravʲit͡ʂ] (German: Rawitsch) is a town in central Poland with 21,398 inhabitants (2004). It is situated in the Greater Poland Voivodeship (since 1999); previously it was in Leszno Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of Rawicz County.


The town was founded by Adam Olbracht Przyjma-Przyjemski for Protestant refugees from Silesia during the Thirty Years War. In the 1800s, it contained a Protestant church and a medieval town hall. The principal industry was the manufacture of snuff and cigars. Trade involved grain, wool, cattle, hides, and timber. In 1905 it had 11,403 inhabitants. A large prison exists in former monastery since 1820. After World War I the town became part of the Second Polish Republic.

A 50 billion cubic feet natural gas discovery at Rawicz in 2015 is expected to be the largest gas development in Poland for 20 years.[1]

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Coordinates: 51°37′N 16°53′E / 51.617°N 16.883°E / 51.617; 16.883

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