Obol (town)

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Obol / Obal

Оболь / Обаль
Remains of Hrabnicki Palace, a cultural heritage monument of Belarus[1]
Remains of Hrabnicki Palace,
a cultural heritage monument of Belarus[1]
Obol / Obal is located in Belarus
Obol / Obal
Obol / Obal
Location of Obol in Belarus
Coordinates: 55°21′4″N 29°17′46″E / 55.35111°N 29.29611°E / 55.35111; 29.29611Coordinates: 55°21′4″N 29°17′46″E / 55.35111°N 29.29611°E / 55.35111; 29.29611
Country Belarus
Voblast Vitebsk
Raion Shumilina
Elevation
150 m (490 ft)
Population
 (2016)[2]
 • Total2,395
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
222379
Area code(s)+375 2130
License plate2

Obol (Russian: Оболь, Belarusian: Обаль, also romanized as Obal or Obaĺ) is a Belarusian town of Shumilina Raion, in Vitebsk Region. In 2016, it had a population of 2,395.[2]

History[edit]

Obol was known since the 16th century as a village of the Połock Voivodeship, in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. in 1772, following the Partitions of Poland, it became part of the Russian Empire.

In 1866, the construction of the Riga-Oryol railway contributed to its growth. The village was occupied from August 1941 to June 26, 1944 by the Nazi German troops, during World War II. In 1968 it was elevated from the status of village to the one of urban-type settlement.

Geography[edit]

Located in the middle of its Voblast, Obol lies between Vitebsk (64 km southeast) and Polatsk (36 km northwest), and is crossed by the homonym river. It is 21 km from Shumilino, 45 from Navapolatsk and 228 from Minsk. The town is served by the P20 highway and by the Smolensk-Vitebsk-Daugavpils-Riga railway.[3]

Personalities[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Russian) Obol on globus.tut.by
  2. ^ a b "Demographics of Belarus" (in Russian). Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  3. ^ 25105764 Obol on OpenStreetMap
  4. ^ (in Russian) Ufarkinym, Nickolai V. "Портнова Зинаида Мартыновна" [Portnov Zinaida Martinovna]. warheroes.ru. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  5. ^ (in Swedish) Info at Ödeshög municipal website

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Obaĺ at Wikimedia Commons