Chojna – Holy Trinity church

History

Church of Holy Trinity in Chojna was part of the Augustinian convent funded by the margraves of Brandenburg in 1290. It was built in three stages during the fourteenth century. The eastern part of the temple creating the conventual choir was probably built in the early fourteenth century. In 1301, the bishop of Kamień, Henryk, already allowed for the burial of the deceased inside the church. The next stage of the extension was the addition of a four-span western nave. The final stage was the erection of the convent hall adjacent to the church from the south. The solemn consecration of the temple took place on March 17, 1388. After the Reformation the church was not used for several decades. Then it served as a cemetery chapel, and at the end of the 19th century, there were utility rooms and a fire station headquarters in it. At that time, the greatest devastation of its interiors took place. Its renovation began in the 1960s and was designated as the seat of the parish.

Architecture

The church is a gothic, elongated hall building without a tower, composed of a four-span nave and a three-span, three-side ended chancel. The western gable is decorated with Stargard blendes and pinnacles. From the south, a two-span chapel adjoins the nave. Outside the church is surrounded by buttresses, between which are three-light pointed windows. The western façade in the ground level has an ogival portal with two pointed recesses on the sides. The nave and the chancel are covered with a common gable roof. A lofty bell tower is added to the south chapel. The interior of the church is covered with a timber beam ceiling. Originally, there was a stellar vault, which is also placed in the southern chapel. On the walls of the nave there are gothic polychromes depicting the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary and images of saints.

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bibliography:
Architektura gotycka w Polsce, red. T. Mroczko i M. Arszyński, Warszawa 1995.
J.Pilch,S.Kowalski, Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, 2012.
Webpage zabytkowekoscioly.net, Chojna, kościół św. Trójcy, dawny augustianów.