Chlebowo – St Hubert’s Church


   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.


   It is an aisleless church, founded on the plan of an elongated rectangle, orientated. It was erected in the gothic style of brick, monk bond. Side walls were buttressed asymmetrically. The southern side has additional buttresses added later, probably preventing the wall from bending. Particularly rich is the north elevation, probably originally windowless, topped with a row of arcade blendes. Window openings in this façade come from a subsequent reconstruction. The façade also has a richly profiled, pointed portal, placed in the arcade topped with a window. Originally the arcade was probably topped with a blende.
The south elevation had pointed windows with profiled, brick frames. Unfortunately, only one of such windows has survived to our times, and the remaining ones have been rebuilt. In this elevation there are two profiled, pointed, portals. Among the two brick gables, the most extensive is eastern. It has a system of semicircular and circular blendes, arranged pyramidally. The culmination of the gable are symmetrically arranged pilasters. Noteworthy is also a profiled, pointed hole, located on the left side of the eastern elevation at the height of the cornice.
The west elevation and the gable crowning it, are simple. The square tower built on the west is narrower than the nave, with the entrance to the church. It was made of unworked fieldstone with an irregular layering pattern. Both the tower and the nave are covered with a ceramic gable roof.
The interior of the temple looks particularly rich. All elevations consist of a row of arcades with round or pointed arches. The nave was probably covered with a flat, wooden ceiling.

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