Cerkwica – church of the Sacred Heart

History

The church was erected in the fifteenth century on a hill overlooking the village. Since the Reformation until 1945, it was in the possession of Protestants. In 1778, works strengthening the foundation of the tower were made, while in the nineteenth century, the cohesion of church walls with iron clasps was secured. In the twentieth century, the church burned twice, for the first time in 1911, and another in 1927.

Architecture

The church was originally founded on a rectangular plan as an aisleless temple, without a west tower. Existing currently tower comes from a later period. All the walls of the temple are made of bricks and have buttresses, although the interior has a flat, wooden ceiling. Particularly rich is the eastern gable, completely covered with decoration in the form of pointed blendes, between which there are two circular blendes. In the original temple, the eastern side probably had only one central, gothic window. The southern wall was originally divided into four parts, separated by buttresses, in which there was one gothic window. It was destroyed by visible bricklaying and extension of the porch. The northern wall has a similar fragmentation, but only in three parts. They feature two gothic windows and a stepped, pointed portal. At the contact with the eastern wall you can also see distinct traces of the annexation, probably the original sacristy.

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

Webpage architektura.pomorze.pl, Cerekwica ( Zirkwitz ).