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Rzeszów
Left to right: Rzeszów City HallRegional Financial CenterSiemiaszkowa TheaterRzeszów CastleNight view of the Main Market Square
  • Left to right: Rzeszów City Hall
  • Regional Financial Center
  • Siemiaszkowa Theater
  • Rzeszów Castle
  • Night view of the Main Market Square
Flag of Rzeszów
Flag
Coat of arms of Rzeszów
Coat of arms
Country  Poland
Voivodeship  Subcarpathian
County city county
Town rights 1354
Area
 • City 126.57 km2 (48.87 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2018)
 • City 191,564 Increase (18th)
 • Metro 350,000
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 35-001 to 35–959
Area code(s) +48 17
Car plates RZ
Website erzeszow.pl

Rzeszów is the largest city in southeastern Poland. It is located on both sides of the Wisłok River in the heartland of the Sandomierz Basin. Rzeszów has been the capital of the Subcarpathian Voivodeship since 1 January 1999, and is also the seat of Rzeszów County.

The history of Rzeszów begins in 1354, when it received city rights and privileges by Casimir III the Great. Local trade routes connecting the European Continent with the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire resulted in the city's early prosperity and development. In the 16th century, Rzeszów had a connection with Gdańsk and the Baltic Sea. It also experienced growth in commerce and craftsmanship, especially under local rulers and noblemen. Following the Partitions of Poland, Rzeszów was annexed by the Austrian Empire and did not regain its position until it returned to Poland after World War I. During World War II Rzeszów's large Jewish community perished in the Holocaust.

Rzeszów has found its place in the group of the most elite cities in Poland, with growing number of investments, rapid progress and a very high standard of living. In 2011 Forbes awarded Rzeszów with the second place in the ranking of the most attractive semi-large cities for business. Moreover, the city is home to a number of higher education schools and foreign consulates. Rzeszów is also developing as a regional tourist destination; its Old Town, Main Market Square, churches and synagogues are among the best preserved in the country.

In recent years, the population of Rzeszów has grown from 159,000 (2005) to over 190,000 (2018). Further plans for extending the city's borders include incorporating surrounding counties to strengthen its function as a metropolitan centre in southeastern Poland.

Rzeszów is served by an international airport and is a member of Eurocities.

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