Katy Wroclawskie is a middle-sized town in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, located approximately 22 km from Wroclaw, so it can be easily reched while sightseeing Wroclaw. Due to its interesting past and numerous monuments the town attracts a lot of history lovers.
Katy Wroclawskie is a listed town. While in here you ought to visit the gothic church of St. Peter and Paul the Apostles from the first half of the 15th century, the preserved fragments of curtain walls from the 15th and 16th centuries, the former evangelical church of St. Elisabeth from the 1830s as well as the Renaissance town hall tower with a clock from 1613.
Due o its close proximity to Wroclaw, Katy Wroclawskie is a great starting point to this capital of Lower Silesia.
Katy Wroclawskie is a town and a seat of the commune in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in Wroclaw County. It lies by the Bystrzyca and Strzegomka rivers. In the southern part of Katy there is a motorway junction of A4 motorway (so you can travel to Krakow) and a country road no. 5, whereas the voivodeship road no. 346 passes through the town centre. Wroclaw is located 22 km away from Katy.
Katy Wroclawskie has the population of approximately 6,100.
The first records about Katy Wroclawskie are from 1297, i.e. when Duke Bolko I the Strict allowed for its establishment with Magdeburg law. In the beginning of its existence, the town belonged to the Duchy of Wroclaw; later it gained independence. In 1329 Katy was joined to Duchy of Jawor and Swidnica and later to Duchy of Münsterberg. In 1339 Duke Bolko II the Small sold the town to Konrad II Olesnicki. From the half of the 14th century there developed craft, flour milling, pottery and weaving in Katy. In 1419 Katy came into hands of Bishopric of Wroclaw.
The 15th century was not easy for the town. At first, during the Hussites’ invasion, Katy was partly damaged and later totally devastated by a great fire. Luckily, the town quickly recovered from the damages and already in the first half of the 16th century became a significant trade and craft centre.
The Thirty Years War and a fire in 1624 also brought great damages. This time it took much longer for the town to recover. In 1843 Katy gained train connection with Wroclaw and Jaworzyna Slaska and in between 1855 and 1856 the curtain walls that blocked the town’s expansion were pulled down. The recovered bricks were used to build premises in the southern part of the town.
During the Second World War there was a POW camp for 2,000 Russians who worked in local industrial plants and farms in Katy. The warfare led to the damage of the eastern part of town and the terrains located near the railway station. The town was taken by the Red Army on 8 February 1945. Katy’s development after 1945 was determined by its close proximity to Wroclaw. However, after the fall of the iron curtain in 1989 the situation was changed and Katy Wroclawskie began to take advantage of its convenient location close to the airport and motorway.