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Żyrardów is a town in central Polandmarker with 41,400 inhabitants (2006). It is situated in the Masovian Voivodshipmarker (since 1999); previously, it was in Skierniewice Voivodship (1975–1998) 45 km West of Warsawmarker. It is the capital of Żyrardów Countymarker. Żyrardów is located on the Pisia Gągolina river.

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History

Founded by the Łubienski brothers as a textile factory in 1833. One of directors of the factory was French inventor Philippe de Girard (from Lourmarinmarker). The town developed during the 19th century into a significant textile mill city in Poland. In honour of Girard, Ruda Guzowska was renamed to Żyrardów, a toponym derived of the polonised spelling of Girard's name. On September 13, 1939 Nazis captured the town. In 1941 they transported Jews into Warsaw ghetto. The town museum is nowadays located in the former palace of owner of factory K. Dittrich.

Monuments

Winter panorama of main square
Most of Żyrardów's monuments are placed in manufacturing's settlement which is from 19th and 20th's century beginning. It's widely believed that Żyrardów's settlement is single saved in Europe as a whole urbanist complex from 19th c. industrial town.

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