Chojna – St Gertrude’s Chapel

History

   The gothic chapel of St. Gertrude was founded in 1409. It probably served a hospital-church functions as a kind of shelter for pilgrims and travelers. Nearby, there was also an unmanaged manor house and a house of the Knights Hospitallers. In the mid-sixteenth century, during the Reformation period, a barn and stable were arranged in the chapel. In 1683, the chapel was restored and dedicated to the new call of Saint John. The temple survived the Second World War, but unfortunately it was partially destroyed in the early 1950s during the organization of the war cemetery.

Architecture

   The chapel was an orientated, three-bay, aisleless building. It was built of bricks on a rectangular plan with a three-sided closure of the choir. Its interior was covered with a cross-rib vault, the walls were covered with colorful paintings, and the floor was covered with polygonal, ceramic tiles.

Current state

   Only the perimeter walls and the western gable with a turret remained from the original building. The interior also includes a few relics of gothic polychromes depicting plant motifs and fragments of the floor made of polygonal ceramic tiles.

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bibliography:
Webpage encyklopedia.szczecin.pl, Kaplica św. Gertrudy (Chojna).