Budzistowo – St John’s Church


   Church of St. John the Baptist in Budzistowo is a Romanesque-Gothic building dating from around 1222 and also one of the oldest surviving temples of West Pomerania. Founded by the Duchess of Pomerania Mirosława, mother of prince Barnim I, it was later donated to the monastery in Mogilno. The first changes were made already in the fifteenth century when the portal was rebuilt and enlarged and a three-sided apse was added. The next reconstruction and rebuilding took place after the destruction of the 30-Year War, the siege by the Russians in 1758, and after 1807, when the Kołobrzeg fortress was besieged the French. The last repairs were carried out after the destruction of World War II.


   The church is an aisleless construction with dimensions of 8 x 5 meters with a tower built into the front façade. The entrance was two opposite side portals: north and south. Traces of the original windows of the nave have not survived to this day. In the fifteenth century, at the eastern wall of the church, a three-sided apse with a high, conical cover, three arched windows and a rib vault, were built. The interior of the nave is topped with a flat, timber ceiling.

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