Cisowo – St Stanislaus Church

History

   The church was built in 1321, although the first works began at the end of the thirteenth century, most likely on the initiative of the Cistercians. Its first major modernization took place in the fifteenth century, the second in the sixteenth century, and another in the 1860s, when a chapel was added to the medieval building.

Architecture

   The church was built as a Gothic aisleless building erected of bricks on a stone foundation protecting against the ground moisture. Its chancel was not separated from the nave from the outside, and the nave was closed in the east on three sides. On the west side there is a massive tower with raw elevations, pierced only with small window openings and an entrance portal in the ground floor. Its appearance evokes strong associations with defensive structures. There is also a four-sided, fifteenth-century sacristy attached to the nave, located rather unusual at one of the oblique walls of the closure. The walls of the church (without the tower) were supported with buttresses. Inside, a stoup from the 14th century has been preserved.

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