Białogard – church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

The church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Białogard was built at the beginning of the fourteenth century. However, it was a place of worship before – a pagan shrine, and then a chapel, built by Saint Otto of Bamberg in 1124. In 1517 a tower was erected, which was soon dismantled and in 1561 replaced by a new one, lower. The building was destroyed many times by fires, due to which it had to undergo a thorough restoration after 1890, when the vaults of the nave and friezes were rebuilt in the chancel and the frieze was reconstructed in the central nave.

Architecture

The current gothic temple is like most of the medieval churches, an orientated building on the east-west line, three-nave, made of brick of the monk bond, on a stone foundation. From the west to the corpsus adjoins a four-storey tower on a square plan, from the east a three-span chancel with a polygonal ending, and from the north, the sacristy is located at the presbytery, and the chapel at the western span of the northern aisle. The stellar vault of the central nave and side aisles is supported by octagonal pillars, connected by ogival, profiled arcades. The stellar vaults also crowned the chancel, sacristy and the northern chapel.

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bibliography:
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.