Bohoniki

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Bohoniki
Village
Muslim cemetery
Muslim cemetery
Bohoniki is located in Poland
Bohoniki
Bohoniki
Coordinates: 53°23′N 23°36′E / 53.383°N 23.600°E / 53.383; 23.600
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Podlaskie
County Sokółka
Gmina Sokółka
Population
 • Total 100
Inside the mosque at Bohoniki

Bohoniki [bɔxɔˈniki] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Sokółka, within Sokółka County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland, close to the border with Belarus.[1] It lies approximately 7 kilometres (4 mi) east of Sokółka and 42 km (26 mi) north-east of the regional capital Białystok. The village has a population of 100.

Ruthenian language Arabic script of a tombstone in the Muslim Lipka Tartar cemetery in Bohoniki, Poland

It was primarily a Lipka Tatar settlement. Today still a few families in the village are Tatar and Muslim. The village used to have more than 3000 residents. Most of the present residents are older generation. Young residents have moved to big cities or other countries for better financial resources. Although residents don't speak their original Lipka Tatar origin language (i.e. Ruthenian language often written in Latin, Cyrillic and often Arabic alphabet), they have very close Lipka Tatar traditions.

Sites of interest in the village include a wooden mosque and a Muslim cemetery.

The village was named one of Poland's official national Historic Monuments (Pomnik historii), as designated November 20, 2012. Its listing is maintained by the National Heritage Board of Poland.

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Coordinates: 53°23′N 23°36′E / 53.383°N 23.600°E / 53.383; 23.600