Ciechanów – church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


The church was built in the first quarter of the 16th century. A little later, but in the same century, the chapels were built next to the nave. It suffered damages during the Swedish wars in 1657 and at the beginning of the 18th century. In 1807 the church was occupied by the Napoleonic army and transformed into a bakery. The whole interior furnishing was then burned. Renovation of the church was carried out in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, when stellar vault was founded inside, the south chapel was rebuilt, a turret containing a staircase and a new sacristy and a porch were added.


It is a late-gothic church, orientated, made of brick in a three-nave and pseudobasilica form. The chancel is lower than the nave, ended straight, a chapel, sacristy and a porch adjacent to it. The chapels also adjoin the nave, forming the transepts. The western façade and presbytery are crowned with triangular, richly decorated, brick gothic gables. Two granite stoups from the 16th century and a late-gothic gravestone of Stanisław Szczurzyński with a bas-relief figure of a knight in armor, are preserved from the original equipment.

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