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Site of the former castle
Site of the former castle
Flag of Kopys
Coat of arms of Kopys
Kopys is located in Belarus
Coordinates: 54°19′40″N 30°18′05″E / 54.32778°N 30.30139°E / 54.32778; 30.30139
RegionVitebsk Region
DistrictOrsha District
Time zoneUTC+3 (MSK)
Area code+375 216

Kopys (Belarusian: Копысь; Russian: Копысь, IPA: [ˈkopɨsʲ]; Polish: Kopyś; Yiddish: קאָפּוסט, romanizedKopust) is an urban-type settlement in Orsha District, Vitebsk Region, Belarus.[1] As of 2023, it has a population of 628.[1]


Early 20th-century view of Kopys

The first references to Kopys are dated at 1059. From the 14th century, it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and subsequently the Polish–Lithuanian Union after the Union of Krewo (1385). Administratively, it was part of the Vitebsk Voivodeship. It was granted town rights in the 16th century. It was a private town owned by the Ostrogski family and, after 1594, the Radziwiłł family.[2] A castle stood in the town of Kopys and a Calvinist church was founded by Krzysztof Mikołaj Radziwiłł.[2] During the Great Northern War, in 1707, Kopys was destroyed by Russian troops. In 1772, it became a part of the Russian Empire in the course of the First Partition of Poland.

The Kapust Hasidic dynasty originates in Kopys. By the end of the 18th century, there was a Jewish typography in the town.

Notable people



  1. ^ a b c "Численность населения на 1 января 2023 г. и среднегодовая численность населения за 2022 год по Республике Беларусь в разрезе областей, районов, городов, поселков городского типа". belsat.gov.by. Archived from the original on 17 April 2023. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  2. ^ a b Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich, Tom IV, Warsaw, 1883, p. 388 (in Polish)