The history of the community of Michalowice has been recorded for over 900 years and therefore makes the village one of the oldest in Poland. Its origins are based on the first settlements of the Awdaniec family. This knight’s clan characteristically introduced settlements all over Poland during the Middle Ages, but was particularly present on the ground of the Malopolska region. According to legend, the clan originated from a Norman order of knighthood called “Audun”.

Crest "Abdank" of Awdaniec Family

Crest "Wieniawa" of Jan Długosz

One of the members of the clan, Michal, was the first keeper of Michalowice. He lived between the 11th and 12th century. Honouring him, the village was named after him in 1198. One supposes that before that time, the settlement was called Dlubnia, based on the name of the river on the shores of which the village is situated.

In the Dlubnia valley during the Middle Ages an intensive development of industry and farming took place. Particularly the closeness to the city of Cracow played an important role. Cracow, as a great urban area and the center of population, offered a big market for products such as groceries and other goods produced in the Dłubnia valley. The following industrial companies were registered in the described area:

- Grain mills in Raciborowice, Mlodziejowice, Michalowice, Wilczkowice

- Paper production in Mlodziejowice, Wilczkowice

As the river used to be a major source of energy, one can suppose that there must have been many more industrial enterprises in the Dlubnia valley in previous decades. Supposedly, there were producers of oil and locksmitheries. In the majority of the villages, there used to be smitheries and taverns, and in some even breweries.

Non-existing mansion in Maslomiaca

Non-existing Austrian border building
in Michalowice - Komora

During the revolution known as “Powstanie Kosciuszkowskie”, Tadeusz Kosciuszko led his army through the valley heading towards Raclawice.

After the third division of the Polish state, the area of the community of Michalowice was divided between the two occupants. Most of the area was under Russian administration, whereas Raciborowice was controlled by Austro-Hungary. In a part of Michalowice, which is today known as Komora, there used to be a customs office and a border crossing between the two occuppying powers.

During the fight for independence at the beginning of the 20th century, this border played an important role: after breaking down a barrier at the border in Michalowice - Komora, Jozef Pilsudski's army continued on towards Kielce. To honour this event, a monument was erected in Komora.