Chlebowo – St Hubert’s Church

History

   St. Hubert’s church in Chlebowo was most probably established in the second half of the 14th century, although there are no sources for accurate dating. It was erected in the middle of the village, located at the south-western edge of the Bukowo Forest in the middle of the Radziszewo-Gardno route. In the second half of the fifteenth century, from the west, a tower was added, and at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the church was rebuilt. During the Second World War the temple was destroyed and fell into disrepair. The reconstruction was carried out in 1998.

Architecture

   The church was built as an aisleless structure, built on an elongated rectangular plan, orientated towards the sides of the world. It was built in the Gothic style of bricks laid in the monk bond. The elevations of the side walls are asymmetrically buttressed, as the southern elevation has additional buttresses added later, probably preventing the wall from tilting.
   The northern façade was especially richly developed, probably without windows (the window openings in this wall are from a later reconstruction), topped with a row of arcaded blendes. On the northern side, there is also a richly profiled, pointed, stepped portal, embedded in an arcade topped with a window. In the original design, the arcade was probably topped with a blende. The southern elevation had pointed windows with profiled brick jambs. Unfortunately, only one of such windows has survived to our times, and the rest have been rebuilt. There are two profiled, pointed, stepped portals in this elevation.
   From the west side, a square tower was added to the church, narrower than the nave, with the entrance to the church. It was made of unworked erratic stones with an irregular arrangement of layers. Only the ground floor had a stone form, perhaps the upper parts were originally wooden.
   Of the two brick gables, the eastern one received the most extensive form. It was decorated with a system of semicircular and circular, pyramidal blendes, while the top of the gable formed by symmetrically arranged pilasters. An unusual element was a profiled, ogival opening on the left side of the eastern façade at the height of the cornice. The western façade and the gable crowning received a much simpler form.
   The interior is particularly rich, as for a village temple, as all the elevations have a row of arcades with round or pointed arches. The nave was originally covered with a flat, wooden ceiling.

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Webpage architektura.pomorze.pl, Chlebowo ( Klebow ).