Byczyna – St Hedwig’s chapel

History

Gothic cemetery chapel dedicated to Saint Hedwig was erected in the 14th century. Its founder was most probably the duke of Brześć, Louis I, known as the great promoter of the cult of Saint Hedwig. At the beginning of the fifteenth century, the chapel was significantly consumed by fire. Once again it burned in 1588, then the vault and the sacristy were destroyed. The building was rebuilt at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but without vault. In 1860, a vestibule was added to the chapel, and in 1876 a western porch was erected.

Architecture

The chapel is made of brick with the use of zendrówka. It is a three-bay, aisleless building with a beamed ceiling. It has a gable roof covered with tiles.

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