Dobczyce

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Dobczyce
Castle
Castle
Flag of Dobczyce
Flag
Coat of arms of Dobczyce
Coat of arms
Dobczyce is located in Poland
Dobczyce
Dobczyce
Coordinates: 49°54′N 20°6′E / 49.900°N 20.100°E / 49.900; 20.100
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Lesser Poland
County Myślenice
Gmina Dobczyce
Area
 • Total 12.97 km2 (5.01 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 6,028
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Postal code 32-410
Website http://www.dobczyce.pl

Dobczyce [dɔpˈt͡ʂɨt͡sɛ] is a town in southern Poland, situated since 1999 in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship (previously in Kraków Voivodeship from 1975 to 1998). There is a large dam with Lake Dobczyce on the Raba river, and a partially rebuilt 14th-century castle, which is open for tourists. Dobczyce is also the name of a small part of Bobrowniki Małe, a village in Lesser Poland.

Dobczyce received its Magdeburg rights town charter probably in 1310, during the reign of Władysław Łokietek. The town was famous for its castle, where Jan Długosz liked to stay and work on his chronicles. Here, in 1450, Polish astronomer and dean of Kraków Academy Leonard Vitreatoris (Leonhard von Dobschütz) was born. Dobczyce enjoyed several royal privileges, allowing its residents to buy salt from nearby Wieliczka. The town was a local center of cloth and wool making, but the period of prosperity ended during the Swedish invasion of Poland (1655 - 1660). After the Partitions of Poland, Dobczyce was annexed by the Habsburg Empire, and from 1772 to 1918 belonged to Galicia. The town has a 19th-century parish church, and ruins of a 14th-century defensive wall.

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Coordinates: 49°52′44″N 20°05′28″E / 49.879°N 20.091°E / 49.879; 20.091