Bejsce – St Nicholas Church


   The church of St. Nicholas in Bejsce was erected in the second half of the 14th century from the foundation of of Ostasz, the then heir of the village. The second phase of construction took place around 1400 after the change of the workshop of the bricklayers. In the 16th century, the Firlejs, then owners of the village, changed church for the Calvinist temple, but at the beginning of the 17th century they turned the building over to the Catholics. At the turn of the 16th and the 17th, the renaissance chapel was added to the church by Tomasz Nikiel from Pińczów, connected with the workshop of Santi Gucci. It was modeled on the Jagiellonian Chapel in Cracow’s Wawel. In the nineteenth century, the church was renovated, among others, the nave was then re-vaulted and some damaged architectural details were replaced.


    It is a gothic, bricked building with one four-span nave and a lower and narrower, polygonal ended chancel, to which from the north a two-span sacristy was added. Church has lancet and narrow windows with gothic traceries, placed between reinforcing buttresses on each side of the building’s wall. The embrasures of the windows are lined with stone slabs. Both in the eastern wall of the chancel and in the western wall of the nave there are small oculuses, and a quadrilateral stair tower to the attic is located at the north side of the nave. Three gothic, ogival portals have been preserved. One leads from the west to the nave, the second from the chancel to the sacristy, and the third from the nave to the stairs in the turret.
The interior of the presbytery and the sacristy was covered with gothic rib vaults with carved bosses and also with gothic brackets with tracery and plant ornamentation. Unfortunately, at the end of the 19th century, the vault of the nave was transformed in the neo-gothic style. On the other hand, there are gothic frescoes from around 1380 on the wall of the presbytery and an alabaster baptismal font from the 16th century.

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Architektura gotycka w Polsce, red. T. Mroczko i M. Arszyński, Warszawa 1995.
Webpage, Bejsce, kościół św. Mikołaja.