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Hill fort in Płońsk

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Płońsk is located in Poland
Coordinates: 52°38′N 20°23′E / 52.633°N 20.383°E / 52.633; 20.383
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Masovian
County Płońsk County
Gmina Płońsk (urban gmina)
Established 11th century
Town rights 1400
 - Mayor Andrzej Józef Pietrasik
 - Total 11.6 km2 (4.5 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 - Total 22,233
 - Density 1,916.6/km2 (4,964.1/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 09-100
Area code(s) +48 023
Car plates WPN

Płońsk [pwɔɲsk] ( listen) (Yiddish: Plonsk) is a town in north-central Poland with 22,258 inhabitants (2006). It is situated in the Masovian Voivodeship (since 1999); previously, in was in Ciechanów Voivodeship (1975-1998). It is home to a yearly open theatre festival (held in the summer).



Płońsk gained city rights from the prince Siemowit IV of Masovia some time between 1399 and 1412.


The church and the old monastery of Calced Carmelites were founded before 1417 by the prince Siemowit IV of Masovia and his wife Aleksandra, Jogaila's sister.

Famous people

  • David Ben-Gurion - the first Prime Minister of Israel, was born in Płońsk on October 16, 1886.
  • Jan Walery Jędrzejewicz - father of Polish spectroscopy, author of the astronomy book called Kosmografia (Cosmology)
  • dr Leon Rutkowski - explorer, antropologist and doctor
  • Henryk Sienkiewicz - one of the outstanding writers of the second half of the 19th century, spent one year of his life in Poswietne, he wrote his first published novel called Na marne (In Vain).
  • Roman Gutkowski - Polish journalist working for Dziennik daily.
  • Anzia Yezierska (c1880-1970) Jewish-American author of The Breadgivers and other works about the Jewish immigrant experience. She was born in Plonsk (Plinsk) and spent her first fifteen years there. Recollections of Jewish life in Plonsk are also in her autobiography, Red Ribbon on a White Horse.

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Coordinates: 52°38′N 20°23′E / 52.633°N 20.383°E / 52.633; 20.383


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