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BYELAYA TSERKOV (i.e. White Church)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 895 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BYELAYA TSERKOV (i.e. White Church), a town of Russia, in the government of Kiev, 32 M. S.S.W. of Vasilkov, on the main road from Kiev to the Crimea, in 490 47' N. lat. and 300 7' E. long. Pop. (186o) 12,075; (1897) 20,705. First mentioned in 1155, Byelaya Tserkov was destroyed during the Mpngol invasion of the 13th century. In 1550 a castle was built here by the prince of Kiev, and various privileges were bestowed upon the inhabitants. From 1651 the town was subject alternately to Poland and to independent hetmans (Cossack chiefs). In 1793 it was united to Russia. There is a trade in beer, cattle and grain, sold at eleven annual fairs, three of which last for ten days each.
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