Gdańsk – St Elizabeth’s Church

History

   St. Elisabeth’s church was built in 1417 on the site of a chapel existing at the shelter for the poor and the sick. In 1557 the temple was taken over by the Protestants, and in 1884 was transferred to the Prussian army and served as a garrison church. At that time, the neo-gothic presbytery was erected. At the end of the Second World War in 1945, the church was seriously damaged, among others the vaults then collapsed. Reconstruction lasted from 1947-1949.

Architecture

   It is a Gothic building built of bricks, single-nave. It consists of a four-bay nave with a porch, a tower embedded in the nave of the church, a neo-Gothic chancel and one lateral chapel. Outside the nave is surrounded with buttresses, covered with a gable roof and its eastern gable is filled with slender blendes. The porch reaching the crown of the nave walls is open from the west with a high pointed arcade. The octagonal tower is partially suspended over the porch on two stone corbels and covered with a conical helmet. The chancel is ended with a straight wall, with a large ogival window covered with blendes and topped with a stepped gable. The interior is decorated with stellar vaults from the 15th century.

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