Borowina – St Bartholomew’s Church

History

   The church of St. Bartholomew was built at the end of the 13th century, although the oldest mention of a local parish priest dates back to 1376. In the sixteenth century, it became the property of the Evangelical commune, but in 1654 it was taken over again by Catholics. It was carried out then renovation and reconstruction in the spirit of the baroque, among others, the shape of the windows was changed. The church suffered heavy damages at the end of World War II. It was rebuilt in 1975-1978.

Architecture

   The church was erected as a single-nave building, built of erratic stones (granite) and brick. Originally, a lower and narrower chancel measuring 8.2 x 6.8 meters was added to the rectangular nave measuring 11.2 x 9.4 meters, also built on a rectangular plan. From the west in the fifteenth century a four-sided tower was added, and in the sixteenth century on the north side of the chancel a sacristy.
   The original window openings had an ogival shape. The nave and the chancel were covered with separate gable roofs, while the tower, founded on a rectangular plan and reinforced with two corner buttresses, was crowned with a hip roof that turned into an octagonal spire. At the top level of the tower, two-light windows were placed.

Current state

   To this day, the original spatial arrangement of the church, rebuilt in the second half of the 20th century, has survived. In the eastern facade of the presbytery, a narrow ogival window opening has survived, unfortunately the other openings were transformed in the early modern period. The best preserved late medieval element of the building is the church tower. The building has liturgical functions.

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bibliography:
Kozaczewski T., Wiejskie kościoły parafialne XIII wieku na Śląsku (miejscowości B-G), Wrocław 1990.

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