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|Kraj :||Nitriansky kraj|
|Area :||12.297 km²|
|Residents :||811 (Dec. 31, 2019)|
|Population density :||66 inhabitants per km²|
|Postal code :||956 14|
|Telephone code :||0 38|
|Geographic location :|
|License plate :||TO|
|Kód obce :||505285|
|Community type :||local community|
|Administration (as of November 2018)|
|Mayor :||Milan Gál|
|Address:||Obecný úrad Oponice
956 14 Oponice
|Statistics information on statistics.sk|
Oponice (until 1927 Slovak and "Aponice"; German Apponitz , Hungarian Appony ) is a municipality and a town in the Okres Topoľčany ( Nitriansky kraj ) in the west of Slovakia , with a population of 811 (as of December 31, 2019).
The place is in the Slovakian Danube hill country , more precisely in the lower part Nitrianska pahorkatina (Neutra hill country) on the right bank of the Nitra . To the east of the municipality rises the Tribeč Mountains , which are legally protected as the Ponitrie Protected Landscape Area . The center of the village is 13 kilometers from Topoľčany and 24 kilometers from Nitra .
Oponice as a village has been permanently settled since the 9th century, but is only mentioned in writing in 1244 in a document from the Neutra chapter. Large parts of the history of the place are closely connected to the Apponitz Castle and the Hungarian Apponyi family.
Until 1910 the place was divided into Groß-Apponitz and Klein-Apponitz.
- Apponitz Castle ( Oponický hrad in Slovak ), built in the 13th century, acquired by the Apponyi family in 1392, hence the Apponyi de Nagy-Appony title , razed after the Rákóczi uprising in 1708. Reconditioned since 2000
- Small hunting lodge, now the location of the Apponyi Hunting Museum ( Apponyiho poľovnícke múzeum )
- Large hunting lodge, inhabited by members of the Apponyi family until 1940, now a luxury hotel, also includes part of the Apponyi library (30,000 volumes)
- Classicist Roman Catholic Peter and Paul Church from 1793