Golice – St James church

History

The church was built in the second half of the 13th century, and the first reference to the temple dates back to 1337. In the 17th century, a wooden belfry was added to the stone base of the tower, but it was destroyed as a result of a fire in 1972, and during the reconstruction it was not decided to rebuild it. The reconstruction of the church also fell in the nineteenth century.

Architecture

   The orientated, aisleless church was built of erratic stones on a rectangular plan with a separate chancel and a western tower of the same width as the nave. It was a typical building of early sacred rural construction, covered with a gable roof. All the walls were made of carefully worked granite blocks joined with lime mortar and arranged in regular horizontal layers. The chancel is slightly narrower (7,0 x 6,5 meters) than the nave and has the shape of a square. The nave has a square plan of 9.5 m x 9.3 m. The western tower has been built on a rectangular plan, the width and height is equal to the nave. Only the walls, up to 2.10 meters thick, testify to the planned elevation of the tower far above the nave walls.
  
The original windows of the church were much smaller, narrow, oblong and pointed. The eastern façade has relics of three long windows, arranged in a pyramid-like manner. This motif was repeated in the eastern gable, decorated with three longitudinal blendes embedded in a shallow niche, flanked by two pairs of pointed, oblong blendes. The ogival entrance portals are located on the south and west side, the next one is walled up on the north side.

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Webpage architektura.pomorze.pl, Golice ( Grüneberg ).