Chojnów – St Peter and Paul church

History

   The construction of the church of St. Peter and Paul in Chojnów, also called the “Big Church”, began at the end of the 14th century. The mention of the existence of a southern chapel funded by clothiers’ guild dates back to 1469. In the 16th century, the sacristy was added and the attic on the tower was made. In 1543, the Bożywoj family funded a northern funerary chapel, called the Chapel of Bożywojs. Until 1525, the church was a Catholic temple, which along with the conversion to Lutheranism of the Duke of Legnica, Frederick II, passed into the hands of Protestants. After the Second World War, it again fell into the hands of the Roman Catholic church.

Architecture

   It is a three-nave basilica with a chancel from the east ended by pentagonal. In the north-west corner there is a massive, square tower crowned with a renaissance attic and a pyramid helmet. The late-gothic, stepped gable of the facade, is filled with the decoration in the form of window trusses. The side elevations were fastened with high buttresses and opened with pointed windows filled with geometrical traceries. From the north to the nave, there is a sacristy from the sixteenth century, the chapel of the Bożywoj family from the middle sixteenth century and a porch with a renaissance gable. A chapel of the Sukienniks dedicated to St. Andrew and St. Catherine from 1469, adjoins the southern nave.
   
In 1468, the interior of the church was covered with stellar vaults. Likewise, the chapel of Bożywoj was vaulted in the middle of the 16th century, while in the northern porch a three-support vault, also called the Piast vault, was used. Brackets and bosses received a bas-relief decorations, and in the walls of the porch there are recesses with three-leaf arches. The temple also has a main altar from 1400 and a bell from 1405.

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bibliography:
Pilch J., Leksykon zabytków architektury Dolnego Śląska, Warszawa 2005.
Website fara-chojnow.pl, Historia chojnowskiej fary.