Mońki [ˈmɔɲkʲi] is a town in northeastern
Poland and, as of 1999,
is situated in the Podlaskie Voivodeship. From 1975 to 1998 it was
part of the
Białystok Voivodeship (1975–1998). It is the capital of
In the 16th century
Mońki was a village owned by the Mońko family.
In the 19th century, when building railroad from Grodno was in
progress, in the neighborhood of
Mońki a train station was built.
After the First World War a Catholic church was built. In the late
World War II Germans destroyed the church. After the war, in 1954, the
village was adopted as capital of the
Mońki county. That increased
develop of the village and in 1965
Mońki became a city. In 1975 the
county was deleted, but it returned in 1999 (1998).
Mońki's coat of arms presents a lady with potatoes. It is connected
with an old type of farming in
Mońki village and it neighbourhood. In
city (also in 2012) was organised a day of potato.
Many of Mońki's inhabitants have moved abroad, particularly to the
US, so they can send remittances to their families.
Mońki existed especially food enterprises. The largest is Moniecka
Spółdzielnia Mleczarska (dairy).
Mońki existed two primary school (one connected with first grade
music school), gymnasium. general liceum, technikum and szkoła
Mońki goes droga krajowa 65 (road), connecting city with
Białystok and Grajewo.
Several tech companies have risen during the last 10 years.
Mońki there are some of the greatest swamps in Europe, the
Biebrza River Swamps, and in 1993 the government created the Biebrza
National Park (BNP) to recognise and protect their unique nature. The
Biebrza River Swamps are an important habitat for rare birds such as
the ruff (pol. batalion), which is a symbol of the BNP.
Church - św. Brata Alberta
Park - square
Monument to Armia Krajowa, Mońki
The railway station from 1930s
Niepodległości Street in Mońki
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Coordinates: 53°24′N 22°49′E / 53.400°N 22.817°E /
Town and seat