Koperniki (formerly German [kɔpɛrˈniki] Köppernig, Köppernick) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Nysa, within Nysa County, Opole Voivodeship, in southwestern Poland. [1 ]
It lies approximately 9 kilometres (6 mi) southwest of
Nysa and 55 km (34 mi) southwest of the regional capital Opole.
Before 1945 the area was part of Germany (see
). Between the 16th and 17th centuries it was under the Territorial changes of Poland after World War II Austro-Hungarian Empire, around the 14th to 15th century it was a part of Kingdom of Bohemia, and during the Piast dynasty (10th to 14th centuries) part of Kingdom of Poland.
The settlement was first mentioned in 1272. It was the ancestral village of
Nicolaus Copernicus (born Nicklas Koppernigk). [2 ]
Epistemology [ edit ]
The village could have taken its name from the Slavic word for
dill, koper or the old German term for the metal mined there, kopper. Both products exist on its hillsides, and its name may have commemorated both words. [2 ]
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Coordinates: 50°24′N 17°17′E / 50.400°N 17.283°E