Grzybno – St Anthony’s Church

History

   Church of St Anthony was built in the second half of the thirteenth or at the very beginning of the fourteenth century. It was reconstructed several times. In the eighteenth century, the windows were enlarged, the west wall was rebuilt and a tower was built in a half-timbered construction, which was next crowned with a spire in 1837. The building suffered during the Second World War, but reconstruction was started already in 1946. At that time it was again consecrated under the invocation of Saint Anthony of Padua. In 1967, permission was issued to dismantle the half-timbered tower, which was replaced with a small, tin turret, above the roof in the western part of the nave.

Architecture

   The church was laid out on a rectangular plan with a narrow chancel on the east side. The walls were built of granite blocks arranged in 24 layers and covered with a gable roof, slightly lower than on the chancel. The entrance to the church was located in the southern wall of the nave, the second portal was also, slightly unusual, on the northern side.

Current state

   The church has partially lost its original medieval character, mainly due to the enlarged window openings. The northern entrance portal has ceased to function, today its walled up relic has been only preserved. The buttresses surrounding part of the nave walls and the western wall also come from the church early modern reconstruction period. In the walls of the nave, you can still see the remains of old window recesses in the form of narrow wallings.

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bibliography:
Pilch J., Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.
Website zp.pl, Grzybno – z książęcego nadania.