Bodzentyn – church of the Assumption and St Stanislaus


    The church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Stanislaus in Bodzentyn was funded by Cardinal Zbigniew Oleśnicki in 1413 on the site of a former temple, destroyed by fire. The construction of a new impressive church was completed in 1452. In the 17th century, the roof was lowered and the windows of the nave were bricked up.


    The church is a substantial, gothic building in the basilica type, orientated on the east-west line, built of bricks. It consists of a three-aisle and four-bay nave and a three-bay, three-side ended chancel. The sacristy and the treasury were added to the north side of the presbytery and the porch was added to the nave from the south. Outside, the church is surrounded by buttresses, between which there are pointed arch windows on both sides. The entrances are decorated with four ogival Gothic portals made of sandstone and one stepped.

Current state

    In the interior, at the end of the southern aisle, there is a late Gothic baptismal font from 1492, made of sandstone with an octagonal cross-section. A Gothic monument is also the so-called sculpture of Beautiful Madonna, dated to around 1430 and Bodzentyn triptych made in 1508. The Renaissance high altar, made in the years 1545-1546, was originally founded by King Sigismund I the Old for the Wawel cathedral.

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Architektura gotycka w Polsce, red. T. Mroczko i M. Arszyński, Warszawa 1995.
Webpage, Bodzentyn, kościół Wniebowzięcia NMP.