Banie – St George’s Chapel

History

Chapel of St. George in Banie was built in 1417 by the Knights Hospitallers. Initially, it served as a shelter for the sick and lepers, and since the Reformation it was a temple for Catholics. In the fifteenth century, the passion mysteries were exhibited at the chapel, which organization was discontinued in 1498 in relation with the murder of the actors. The actor playing Longinus pierced the heart of the hanging on the cross, background actor, then died himself at the hands of another actor. After this accident, the church court forbade the issuing of passionate mysteries. Chapel destroyed during World War II, fell into disrepair. It was rebuilt in 1997-1998.

Architecture

The gothic chapel is an orientated aisleless building, founded on a rectangular plan, buttressed, three side ended from the east. The walls are made of granite quares, field stones and bricks. It has two profiled portals: the western one with a mildly pointed arch, and the northern, pointed with wimperg. In the three-side ending there are gothic windows. The whole is covered with a gable roof.

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