Wąsosz, Podlaskie Voivodeship

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Wąsosz
Village
Wąsosz is located in Poland
Wąsosz
Wąsosz
Coordinates: 53°31′19″N 22°19′13″E / 53.52194°N 22.32028°E / 53.52194; 22.32028
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Podlaskie
County Grajewo
Gmina Wąsosz
Population 1,600

Wąsosz [ˈvɔ̃sɔʂ] is a village in Grajewo County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, in north-eastern Poland.[1] It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Wąsosz. It lies approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) south-west of Grajewo and 73 km (45 mi) north-west of the regional capital Białystok. The village has a population of 1,600.

Wąsosz received city rights from Prince Władysław on 13 May 1436, and lost them in 1870 under the Russian rule following the Partitions. The already well-developed town was destroyed in the Swedish Deluge of 1655-1656 and then rebuilt. The Town Hall was erected in 1789. Almost all of the streets were paved at around the same time. The Carmelite monastery was established in Wąsosz as far back as 1605, but was closed in 1864 by the authorities in reprisal for help offered by monks to victims of the January Uprising. They were sent to Katorga chained by the neck.[2]

On July 5, 1941, during World War II, the now called Wąsosz pogrom was the mass murder of hundreds of Jewish residents of the city in Nazi German occupied Poland.

One of the most impressive points of interest in Wąsosz is its late Gothic church from 1508, with three altars adorned with religious paintings. It is at the Old Market Square.[2]

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Coordinates: 53°31′19″N 22°19′13″E / 53.52194°N 22.32028°E / 53.52194; 22.32028