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Facts About Opole
Opole formally became part of Poland again in 1945 under the Potsdam Agreement.
On January 1, 2017, Borki, Chmielowice, Czarnowąsy, Krzanowice, Sławice, Świerkle, Winów, Wrzoski, Żerkowice as well as parts of Brzezie, Dobrzeń Mały and Karczów became a part of Opole.
The name Opole likely originated from the medieval Slavic term for a group of settlements.
The origins of the first settlement are connected with the town being granted Magdeburg Rights in 1217 by Casimir I of Opole.
Opole is a city located in southern Poland on the Oder River and the historical capital of Upper Silesia.
Opole is sometimes referred to as “Polish Venice”, because of its picturesque Old Town and several canals and bridges connecting parts of the city.
Opole is twinned with Alytus, Lithuania; Belgorod, Russia; Bruntál, Czech Republic; Carrara, Italy; Grasse, France; Ingolstadt, Germany; Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine; Kuopio, Finland; Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany; Potsdam, Germany; Roanoke, United States & Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
Opole hosts the annual National Festival of Polish Song.
The estimated Population of Opole is 128,035, as of 2019.
The first railway connection between Oppeln, Brieg and Breslau was opened in 1843.