Baligród

Plac Wolności 13, 38-606 Baligród
49°20'11"N 22°17'10"E

Baligród is situated by the Hoczewka River, on the route of Large Bieszczady Ring Road (Duża Obwodnica Bieszczadzka). The first information about this place are from 1552. It was established by The Bals family, to whom the name refers to. The Bals constructed in Baligród a stone castle surrounded by fortifications, which, however, has not preserved to this day. Baligród obtained city rights in 1634 and the fact that it used to be a city is evidenced by the rectangular market square which is in the center of the village to this day. Baligród experienced the greatest development in the 19th century, but extensive damage during the World War I resulted in losing city rights.

At present, the most recognizable element of Baligród is the T-34 tank, which stands in the market square. It replaced the T-70 tank, which was the last preserved tank of this type in Poland and presently is in the Armored Weapons Museum at the Land Forces Training Center. There is also the Orthodox church of the Dormition of the Mother of God made of brick, renovated by the Association for the rescue of the Orthodox churches. At the Jewish cemetery there are matzevahs dated 1716. Recently, the Kuźmakówka villa was given a new face, as there used to be a court and now it is the office of the Forest Inspectorate. The blue trail leading to Łopiennik starts in Baligród.

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