Kopčany

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Kopčany
Village
The 9th-century St. Margaret's church
The 9th-century St. Margaret's church
Kopčany is located in Slovakia
Kopčany
Kopčany
Location of Kopčany in Slovakia
Coordinates: 48°47′15″N 17°6′58″E / 48.78750°N 17.11611°E / 48.78750; 17.11611Coordinates: 48°47′15″N 17°6′58″E / 48.78750°N 17.11611°E / 48.78750; 17.11611
CountrySlovakia
RegionTrnava
DistrictSkalica
First mentioned1392
Area
 • Total21.3 km2 (8.2 sq mi)
Elevation
158 m (518 ft)
Population
(1 January 2003)
 • Total2,584
 • Density120/km2 (310/sq mi)
Postal code
908 48
Area code(s)+421-34
Car plateSI
Websitewww.kopcany.sk

Kopčany (German Koptschan, Hungarian Kopcsány) is a village in western Slovakia, near the border with the Czech Republic.

History[edit]

The oldest historical records to mention Kopčany date from 1392. However, the village is much older. In the 9th century, Kopčany was part of the agglomeration of Mikulčice, an important center and possibly the capital of Great Moravia.

Kopčany is also the site of one the oldest standing building for which the Great Moravian origin is postulated, the Church of St Margaret of Antioch.

The father of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first President of Czechoslovakia, came from Kopčany. There is a claim that Masaryk himself was born here.

The fighter pilot Izidor Kovárik (1922–44) was born in Kopčany. He was a high-scoring SVZ flying ace who fought on the Eastern Front.

Geography[edit]

The municipality has an altitude of 160 metres (520 ft) and an area of 21.829 square kilometres (8.428 sq mi).[1] It is part of the Skalica District in the Trnava Region.

Demographics[edit]

Kopčany has a population of about 2,584 people.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Genealogical resources[edit]

The records for genealogical research are available at the state archive "Statny Archiv in Bratislava, Slovakia"

  • Roman Catholic church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1678–1910 (parish A)
  • Lutheran church records (births/marriages/deaths): 1786–1895 (parish B)

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