Cisna

Cisna 49, 38-607 Cisna
49°12'39"N 22°19'45"E

This is a small village (about 500 inhabitants) located in Lesko district by the Solinka River. Established in 1552 by one of the wealthy families - Bal - who settled area in the Bieszczady. In 1790 Count Jacek Fredro, father of Aleksander, inherited Cisna. Exploiting local iron ore deposits, Fredro founded an ironworks here, in which pots, tools, furnaces as well as grave crosses were produced. In the 19th century, a narrow gauge railway was marked out through Cisna and then built. In the interwar years, Cisna was one of the larger and wealthier villages in the Bieszczady Mountains. However, after the World War II the village impoverished and the population as part of resettlement operations was displaced.

Currently Cisna is very popular holiday destination and convenient starting point to the mountains. Tourist attractions of the town include a monument to policemen and soldiers killed in the fight against the UPA on the Betlejemka Hill, narrow-gauge railway, Siekierezada bar - a cult pub of Bieszczady mountains. Every year, Cisna is the point of start and finish of one of the most difficult mountain runs in Poland - the Butcher's Run, which takes place around the long June weekend. The red Main Beskids Trail runs through Cisna.

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