Zinzendorf Square with Moravian Church
|• Mayor||Beate Hoffmann (previously : W.Rückert)|
|• Total||53.61 km2 (20.70 sq mi)|
|Elevation||172 m (564 ft)|
|• Density||180/km2 (450/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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.
Niesky is twinned with the French town of Albert.
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