Brodnica – St Catherine’s Church


   The church of St. Catherine was presumably erected in the years 1310-1370. The founder was the Teutonic Order or the parson Nicholas Wolwelin from Sandomierz. The construction started from the chancel, then the construction of the naves began, and at the end a tower was erected. In addition, it was increased around 1485. In the years 1554-1598 the temple was taken over by Lutherans, then it was used again by Catholics.


    Gothic church of St. Catherine is built of brick, some of which is glazed and arranged in rhomboidal patterns and in the letters “W” and “V”. It has three naves of equal heights, reinforced outside by buttresses. The central nave is separated from the aisles by six pillars. On the eastern side, there is a rectangular chancel to which the sacristy was placed from the north. A similar annex was once also located on the southern side, but it was dismantled. A massive, four-sided tower was placed from the south-west side. Originally, it was planned to erect the second tower on the north-west side, however, it was finally built only south, with a height of 50 meters.
    In the central nave and chancel there are stellar vaults with carved bosses, and groin vaults in the aisles.
The most important monuments of church furnishings are: a complex of 12 apostles sculptures from the second half of the 14th century and the Crucifixion Group from the 16th century. A great surprise of the conservation work carried out in the church, was the discovery in 2004 of an enormous wall painting from the fourteenth or fifteenth century, behind the altar.

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