City in South-Western Belarus, capital of Brest Voblasc', at the confluence of the Bug and Mukhavyets rivers. A major rail junction and trade center, the city has industries manufacturing food products, textiles, and metal goods. Founded in the early 11th century, Brest became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1319, and in 1569 it became the capital of the Commonwealth state of Poland and Lithuania - Rzhech Pospolita. It has become part of Russian Empire in 1795. The WWI Peace Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed here in 1918 between the new Soviet government and the Central Powers. In 1921 the city became part of Poland, and in 1939 returned to Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (part of the USSR). From 1941-1944, during World War II, Germany occupied Brest; from 1944 to 1991 the city was part of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) and it is in Belarus now. Population (1996 estimate) 293,086
- excellent resource that grew out of our own page about Brest by Siarhej
Brest Fortress - our own page about this Russian Empire fortification built in Brest in XIX c.
Brest Voblasc' official government site
Brest Region Map
Virtual Brest - a website of Brest state telecommunications center (in Russian).
Jewish History of Brest
Brest, BY 2003 - Private travel diary on Brest and surroundings
Virtual Brest - Brest city portal (in Russian)
Brest.by - official city guide from Brest phone company (in Russian)
Brest Regional Business portal again in Russian :)))
Transborder cooperation site between Brest, Belarus and Biala Podlaska, Poland.
Heraldry site covering towns in Brest Voblas'
Brest region business site - sort of Chamber of Commerce
Brest - private city guide by Reskov. Very slow to download.
A bit of Jewish history of Brest, Belarus