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*Wadowice is a town in southern Poland, 50km from Krakow with 19,600 inhabitants (1997), situated on the Skawa river, confluence of Vistula, in the eastern part of Silesian Plateua (Pogórze Ślaskie). Wadowice is famous as a birthplace of pope John Paul II (1920).

Wadowice history

The town is mentioned as Wadowice in St.Peter penny register in years 1325-1327]]. At this time it was a trading settlement belonging to the Piast Dukes of Silesia, and according to some historians it was already a municipality. Anyway local government with the Law of Chelmo was granted in 1430.

It years 1313/1317-1445 Wadowice belonged to the Silesian duchy of Oswiecim and after 1445 to the dutchy of Zator. Although the duchies were ruled by the Polish Piasts, in years 1327-1494 the duchies were subject to Bohemian overlorship, until finally they were bought by the Polish kings in 1457/1494 and incorporated as a Silesian County into the Krakow Voivodship in 1564. In the 16th-17th centuries Wadowice was a regional centre of crafts and trade.

After the partitions of Poland, in years 1772-1918 Wadowice belonged to the Kingdom of Galicia, under Austrian rule. Since 1867 Wadowice was a county site. Small industries were developing slowly during the 19th century. In 1918 Wadowice was back in Poland and a county site in Krakow Voivodship. In 1920 Karol Wojtyła was born in Wadowice (later known as the bishop of Krakow and pope John Paul II.

In 1939 Wadowice witnessed military hostilities with the German invaders. During the German occupation period, the Nazis have erected a resettement camp for prisoners of war, a penalty camp prison and a Jewish ghetto in years 1941- 1943. Polish guerillas were active in this area.

In years 1945-1975 Wadowice belonged to the Krakow Voivodship, in years 1975-1998 to Bielsko-Biala Voivodship, and since 1999 it is the capital of Wadowice County in the Lesser Poland Voivodship.

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