Żyrardów [ʐɨˈrarduf] (About this soundlisten) is a town and former industrial hub in central Poland with approximately 41,400 inhabitants (2006). It is the capital of Żyrardów County situated in the Masovian Voivodeship (since 1999); previously, it was in Skierniewice Voivodeship (1975–1998) 45 kilometres (28 miles) west of Warsaw. Żyrardów, initially a textile settlement, was named after French engineer and inventor Philippe de Girard, who worked in the area.

Historical pension lodge
Historical pension lodge
Flag of Żyrardów
Coat of arms of Żyrardów
Żyrardów is located in Masovian Voivodeship
Żyrardów is located in Poland
Coordinates: 52°3′N 20°26′E / 52.050°N 20.433°E / 52.050; 20.433Coordinates: 52°3′N 20°26′E / 52.050°N 20.433°E / 52.050; 20.433
Country Poland
Voivodeship Masovian
CountyŻyrardów County
GminaŻyrardów (urban gmina)
Town rights1916
 • MayorWojciech Jasiński
 • Total14.35 km2 (5.54 sq mi)
 • Total41,161
 • Density2,900/km2 (7,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)+48 046
Car platesWZY


Founded by the Łubieński brothers as a textile factory in 1833. One of the directors of the factory was French inventor Philippe de Girard (from Lourmarin). The town developed during the 19th century into a significant textile mill town in Poland. In honour of Girard, Ruda Guzowska was renamed Żyrardów, a toponym derived of the polonised spelling of Girard's name.

With the onset of dawn on September 12, 1939, the army of units of the 8th German army launched an attack on Żyrardów. After several hours of fierce defense of the city, the Polish army had to leave their positions and start delaying actions towards Wiskitki - Guzów - Szymanów and Paprotnia.[1] In 1941 they transported Jews into Warsaw ghetto. The town museum is nowadays located in the former palace of owner of factory K. Dittrich. A sign near the entrance to the town states that it was the only city in Europe, entirely set up for a factory. The town was named one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii), as designated January 17, 2012. Its listing is maintained by the National Heritage Board of Poland.


Winter panorama of main square
City magistrate
Bank Pekao building

Most of Żyrardów's monuments are located in the manufacturing area which dates from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is widely believed that Żyrardów's textile settlement is the only whole urban industrial 19th-century complex to be preserved in Europe.


  • Szkoła Mistrzostwa Sportowego w Kolarstwie
  • Wyższa Szkoła Rozwoju Lokalnego
  • Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Stefana Żeromskiego
  • Zespół Szkół Publicznych nr. 7 im. Henryka Sienkiewicza w Żyrardowie


Since 1923 Żyrardów has a football club named Żyrardowianka Żyrardów (it used to be named Włókniarz Żyrardów), which in 2015/2016 was part of IV League of polish football.

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  1. ^ "Muzeum Mazowsza Zachodniego w Żyrardowie".

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