Gościeszowice – St Catherine’s church

History

Church of St. Catherine was erected in the second half of the 13th century. Originally it was created nave and chancel, in the late Middle Ages the tower was also added. In the 16th century, the interior and furnishings of the temple were enriched. In 1505, an altar of an unknown artist was inserted, from this work called the Master of the Altar from Gościszowice, and in 1592 a music choir was made from the foundation of the von Kittlitz family. During the expansion carried out in the seventeenth century, the sacristy was added, the vault in the presbytery was replaced with a polychrome ceiling, and the windows were rebuilt and the original entrance in the southern wall of the presbytery was walled up. It was probably at that time that the façades were plastered. In the second half of the 17th century, the tombstone of the von Kittlitz family was added. After the Second World War, the church was renovated several times, among others, the shingle roof was replaced with sheet metal and later with tiles, the façades were cleaned of plaster and the interiors were renovated.

Architecture

The church was built of field stones, bricks and turf ore, as a orientated hall temple, single-nave. The rectangular nave is adjoined on the east by the chancel, and on the southern side by a massive tower. The nave and the lower and narrower chancel are covered with high gable roofs. The walls of the church are only pierced with window openings and entrance portals. Some of the windows have retained the pattern of the original pointed arch, while in the walls of the tower and in the western wall of the nave, slit windows have been preserved. Entrances to the temple lead through two ogival portals: the first in the west wall, the second in the south wall of the tower. Inside the church there is a gothic altar from 1505, built in the workshop of the Master of Gościeszowice.

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Webpage zabytek.pl, Kościół fil. pw. św. Katarzyny Gościeszowice.