Niesky (-German, Sorbian/Polish: Niska) is a small town in Upper Lusatia in eastern the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It has a population of about 11,000 and is part of the district of Görlitz.

Niesky
Zinzendorf Square with Moravian Church
Zinzendorf Square with Moravian Church
Coat of arms of Niesky
Coat of arms
Location of Niesky within Görlitz district
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Niesky is located in Germany
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Niesky is located in Saxony
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Coordinates: 51°18′N 14°49′E / 51.300°N 14.817°E / 51.300; 14.817Coordinates: 51°18′N 14°49′E / 51.300°N 14.817°E / 51.300; 14.817
CountryGermany
StateSaxony
DistrictGörlitz
Government
 • MayorBeate Hoffmann (previously : W.Rückert)
Area
 • Total53.61 km2 (20.70 sq mi)
Elevation
172 m (564 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total9,402
 • Density180/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
02906
Dialling codes03588
Vehicle registrationGR
Websitewww.niesky.de
Public library

The town was founded in 1742 by Moravian immigrants. As members of the Moravian Church, they fled from persecution in their Catholic homeland. The name Niesky is the Germanised version of the Czech word nízký ("low"). In 1776, at the age of 12, Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe, future designer of the United States Capitol, as well as of the Baltimore Basilica, was sent to the Moravian School at Niesky.

In 1926 the architect Konrad Wachsmann worked in the timber construction firm Christoph & Unmack AG.

Localities of Niesky are Neuhof, Neusärchen, Neuödernitz, Ödernitz, See, Zeche-Moholz, Kosel, Zedlig and Sandschänke.

Twin TownEdit

Niesky is twinned with the  French town of Albert.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung des Freistaates Sachsen jeweils am Monatsende ausgewählter Berichtsmonate nach Gemeinden" (PDF). Statistisches Landesamt des Freistaates Sachsen (in German). July 2019.