Niesky

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For the community in the United States also known as Niesky, see Hollo, Pennsylvania.
Niesky
Zinzendorf Square with Moravian Church
Zinzendorf Square with Moravian Church
Coat of arms of Niesky
Coat of arms
Niesky   is located in Germany
Niesky
Niesky
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
Country Germany
State Saxony
District Görlitz
Government
 • Mayor Wolfgang Rückert
Area
 • Total 53.61 km2 (20.70 sq mi)
Elevation 172 m (564 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 9,732
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 02906
Dialling codes 03588
Vehicle registration GR
Website www.niesky.de

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.

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 Town[edit]

Niesky is twinned with the FranceFrench town of Albert.

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