Chociwel – church of Our Lady of Sorrows


The construction of the church in Chociwel was started at the beginning of the fifteenth century from the chancel. In the middle of the fifteenth century, around 1460, a nave and tower were erected, and in the sixteenth century the sacristy and the annexes located at the north and south elevations. From 1530, the church was in the possession of Protestants. Repairs were carried out many times, among others in 1782, 1867-1868 and 1877. From 1945, it is again a Catholic temple.


   The nave of the church was built on a rectangular plan in a hall arrangement. From the west, it was preceded by a massive, four-sided tower with side openings in the ground floor and facades accentuated with ogival blind niches. Originally, its height reached three cylindrical blendes on the west facade. The two-bay chancel on the eastern side was closed on three sides and fully reinforced with external buttresses. A sacristy was added to it from the north in the 16th century.
   The interior of the nave was divided into three aisles, separated by two rows of octagonal pillars supporting the stellar vault in the central nave and rib vaults in the side aisles. The two bays of the presbytery, although larger than the ones in central nave, were covered with stellar vaults of the same drawing as in the central nave. Originally, the interior of the church was decorated with late Gothic polychromes.

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