Gniezno – St Lawrence’s Church

History

   The bricked church of St. Lawrence was built in the first half of the 16th century after the previous wooden church was burnt. At the end of the 18th century, the building was closed due to very poor technical condition and the risk of collapse. Because of this, it underwent very serious reconstruction in 1817, 1896 and at the beginning of the 20th century. During the works from 1935 – 1936, a transverse nave and aisles were added, a new chancel was erected, and the interior was covered with a barrel vault. These works have blurred the original architectural shape of the temple.

Current state

   The original late Gothic church was an aisleless building on a rectangular plan with a four-sided tower adjacent to it from the north-west. This tower was reinforced at the corners with high, stepped buttresses, and its elevations were decorated with long, plastered blendes with semicircular closures and horizontal plastered stripes just below the eaves of the roof.

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bibliography:
Maluśkiewicz P., Gotyckie kościoły w Wielkopolsce, Poznań 2008.

Webpage wikipedia.org, Kościół św. Wawrzyńca w Gnieźnie.