Bobowa – St Sophia Church

History

   Gothic church of Saint Sophia was built in the second half of the fifteenth century, and the first mention of it comes from 1475. During the Reformation period it was temporarily occupied by the Polish Brethren, returned to the Catholics in 1646. Several times destroyed by fires it was thoroughly renewed in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Architecture

   The church was erected as a single-nave, aisleless building with a narrower and slightly lower chancel closed on three sides in the east, fastened with buttresses in the corners and one located asymmetrically in the western wall of the nave. A late-gothic stoup from the fourth quarter of the 15th century was embedded in one of the buttresses. The façades of the church have been pierced by gothic pointed windows and the entrance portal in the west façade with a pointed opening and a stepped profiled framing. The second, saddle entrance portal is located in the southern wall of the nave. The interior, despite the buttresses from the outside of the entire building, is covered with a flat ceiling, both in the nave and the chancel, and decorated with fragments of polychrome from the 15th century.

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bibliography:
Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.
Webpage zabytkowekoscioly.net, Bobowa, kościół św. Zofii.