Popielów, Opole Voivodeship

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Popielów [pɔˈpjɛluf] (German: Alt Poppelau) is a village in Opole County, Opole Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Popielów. It lies approximately 23 km (14 mi) north-west of the regional capital Opole. The village has a population of 2,400.


The oldest known mention of the village comes from 1286. Its name comes from the Polish word popiół, which means "ash". It was part of Piast-ruled Poland, and the local Roman Catholic parish was mentioned in documents in the late 13th century. Later on, the village passed to Bohemia (Czechia), and it was devastated in the Thirty Years' War.In the 18th century it was annexed by Prussia and from 1871 to 1945 it was also part of Germany. During World War II, the Germans operated two forced labour subcamps (E608, E703) of the Stalag VIII-B/344 prisoner-of-war camp in the village. The village was restored to Poland after the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II in 1945.


The local football club is LZS Popielów. It competes in the lower leagues.
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