Woźniki [vɔʑˈniki] (German: Woischnik) is a town in Lubliniec County, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland, with 4,305 inhabitants (2019).

Woźniki
Panorama of the town
Panorama of the town
Coat of arms of Woźniki
Woźniki is located in Poland
Woźniki
Woźniki
Coordinates: 50°35′N 19°3′E / 50.583°N 19.050°E / 50.583; 19.050
Country Poland
VoivodeshipSilesian
CountyLubliniec
GminaWoźniki
City rights1386
Government
 • MayorMichał Józef Aloszko
Area
 • Total30.42 km2 (11.75 sq mi)
Population
 (2019-06-30[1])
 • Total4,305
 • Density140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
42-289
Car platesSLU
Websitehttp://www.wozniki.pl

It is situated in the historic Upper Silesia region, close to the border with Lesser Poland. According to legend, a Silesian fortress on the nearby Grojec mountain was devastated during the Mongol invasion of Poland in 1241, whereafter the inhabitants moved to the present location. Nevertheless, the settlement was first mentioned in a 1206 deed issued by Bishop Fulko of Kraków. It received market rights from the Upper Silesian Dukes of Opole, town privileges were confirmed by Duke Bernard of Niemodlin in 1454.

With most of Silesia it was annexed by Prussia in 1742, and after the Napoleonic Wars became an important border town close to Russian Congress Poland – Emperor Alexander I passed it on his way to the 1815 Congress of Vienna. The Woischnik estates were a possession of the Henckel von Donnersmarck noble family until the town passed to the Silesian Voivodeship of the Second Polish Republic upon the Upper Silesia plebiscite in 1921. In Wozniki lived famous Silesian writer Jozef Lompa.

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

See twin towns of Gmina Woźniki.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population. Size and structure and vital statistics in Poland by territorial division in 2019. As of 30th June". stat.gov.pl. Statistics Poland. 2019-10-15. Retrieved 2020-03-13.

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Coordinates: 50°35′N 19°03′E / 50.583°N 19.050°E / 50.583; 19.050