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Local history

Andrew Rajcher

This settlement was established around 1250 by settlers from Germany and Holland and was named after the leader of this group, William (or Wilhelm).

For a long time, the inhabitants maintained their individual culture and their own Vilamovian language.

From the 13th Century, Wilamowice found itself under Czech control and shared the fate of Cieszyn Silesia. From the second half of the 16th Century, it became a centre for Calvinism which was brutally eliminated by the Catholic army in 1626. In 1818, Wilamowice gained city-status. In the 19th Century, the town was an important weaving centre and, in the beginning of the 20th Century, a textile factory was established here.

In the inter-War period, in 1919, Wilamowice became part of Poland.

During World War II, in September 1939, the German army occupied Wilamowice followed, in 1945, by the Soviet army.

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Demography

Adam Marczewski

Year 1910, 2007
Number of inhabitants 178, 2 813
Number of Jews 2 
Percentage of the total 1,1%
 

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Other

Adam Marczewski

 Among the interesting sites in Wilamowice are: 

  • a Neo-gothic church (beginning of the 20th cent.)
  • chapels (19th cent.)
  • tenements surrounding the market place (19th cent.)

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