Dankowice, Silesian Voivodeship

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Saint Adalbert church
Dankowice is located in Poland
Coordinates: 49°55′47″N 19°6′37″E / 49.92972°N 19.11028°E / 49.92972; 19.11028
Country Poland Poland
Voivodeship Silesian
County Bielsko County
Gmina Wilamowice
Population 2,698
Website http://www.dankowice.prv.pl

Dankowice [dankɔˈvit͡sɛ] (wym. Denkiadüf or Denkjadiöf) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Wilamowice, within Bielsko County, Silesian Voivodeship, in southern Poland.[1] It lies approximately 4 kilometres (2 mi) north-west of Wilamowice, 12 km (7 mi) north of Bielsko-Biała, and 37 km (23 mi) south of the regional capital Katowice.

The village has a population of 2,698.


The village was first mentioned in 1326 in the register of Peter's Pence payment among Catholic parishes of Oświęcim deaconry of the Diocese of Kraków as Damcowicz.[2]

Politically the village belonged then to the Duchy of Oświęcim, formed in 1315 in the process of feudal fragmentation of Poland and was ruled by a local branch of Piast dynasty. In 1327 the duchy became a fee of the Kingdom of Bohemia. In 1457 Jan IV of Oświęcim agreed to sell the duchy to the Polish Crown, and in the accompanying document issued on 21 February the village was mentioned as Damkowicze.[3]

The territory of the Duchy of Oświęcim was eventually incorporated into Poland in 1564 and formed Silesian County of Kraków Voivodeship. Upon the First Partition of Poland in 1772 it became part of the Austrian Kingdom of Galicia. After World War I and fall of Austria-Hungary it became part of Poland. It was annexed by Nazi Germany at the beginning of World War II, and afterwards it was restored to Poland.


  1. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01. 
  2. ^ Jan, Ptaśnik (1913). Monumenta Poloniae Vaticana T.1 Acta Camerae Apostolicae. Vol. 1, 1207-1344 (in Latin). Cracoviae: Sumpt. Academiae Litterarum Cracoviensis. pp. 147–150. 
  3. ^ Prokop, Krzysztof Rafał (2002). Księstwa oświęcimskie i zatorskie wobec Korony Polskiej w latach 1438-1513. Dzieje polityczne (in Polish). Kraków: PAU. p. 151. ISBN 83-88857-31-2. 

Coordinates: 49°55′47″N 19°6′37″E / 49.92972°N 19.11028°E / 49.92972; 19.11028