Golice – St James church

History

   The church was built in the second half of the 13th century, and the first reference to it 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 four-sided, narrower choir and a western tower of the same width as the nave. It was a typical building of early sacral rural architecture, covered with a gable roof.
   All the walls of the church were made of carefully worked granite blocks joined with lime mortar, arranged in regular horizontal layers. The chancel, slightly narrower than the nave (7 x 6.5 meters), had a shape similar to a square. The nave was also given a plan similar to a square with dimensions of 9.5 x 9.3 meters. The west tower was built on a rectangular plan, with the width and height equal to the nave. Only its walls, up to 2.1 meters thick, testified to the planned elevation of the tower well above the walls of the nave.
   The original windows of the church were small, narrow, longitudinal and closed with pointed arches. The eastern façade was pierced with three such openings, arranged in a pyramidal pattern. This motif was repeated in the eastern gable, decorated with three longitudinal blendes embedded in a shallow niche, flanked by two pairs of elongated ogival blendes. The ogival entrance portals were located on the south and west sides. Another, currently bricked up, was located on the northern side.

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