Brześć Kujawski – St Stanislaus Church

History

   The church of St. Stanislaus was erected in the first half of the 14th century and probably enlarged in the fifteenth century. Burned in 1556 and 1657 thanks to the efforts of Tomasz Niemierz, archdeacon of Włocławek, was rebuilt in 1710, partly gaining some of the baroque features. In 1806 the church was closed due to the collapse of the vaults, and in 1812 it served as a warehouse for French troops. In the years 1819-1830, the church was completely renovated. Another renovation, combined with regothisation, was carried out in the years 1907-1909. As part of this work, the internal pillars were restored, the vaults were reconstructed, the outer gables were raised to the original height and given a neogothic form. Two chapels were built on the basis of preserved arcades.

Architecture

   Situated in the southern part of the town, the church had a Gothic form of a three-aisle hall structure. It consisted of a rectangular nave and a much smaller, rectangular chancel on the eastern side. From the north and south, two chapels were placed symmetrically. Outside, the church was clasped with double-slope buttresses. The entrance to the interior led from the west, through a portal from the 14th century, ogival, multi-stepped, made of profiled, glazed bricks. Stellar vaults were used in the nave, and net vaults in the chancel.

Current state

   The church has retained its original Gothic shape, but it was modified in the early modern period, when, among other things, neo-Gothic gables were erected and the pillars and vaults were reconstructed. Inside the church, it is worth paying attention to the late-Gothic relief of the Adoration of the Magi from around 1520.

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Webpage odznaka.kuj-pom.bydgoszcz.pttk.pl, Kościół p.w. św. Stanisława Biskupa i Męczennika w Brześciu Kujawskim.
Webpage zabytek.pl, Kościół parafialny pw. św. Stanisława Biskupa.