Harklowa – church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

   The parish in Harklowa was established in connection with the location of the village in the mid-fourteenth century, while the present church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was erected at the end of the fifteenth century or the beginning of the sixteenth century, as the second in this place. Around 1500, the interior of the church was decorated with patron’s polychromy, but it was repeatedly repainted. At the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the church was enlarged to the west with a tower, in the eighteenth century to the porch from the south and in 1866 a chapel was built on the north side. In 1877, during the restoration works, the current window patterns and the neo-gothic ridge turret were introduced. In 1931, outer arcades were reconstructed and ceiling boards were discovered with original late gothic patron’s painting decoration.

Architecture

   The church was erected on the north-western edge of the village, near the manor farm. It is an aisleless  structure, tripartite, orientated with timbered walls. In the church block you can distinguish a chancel with dimensions of 5 x 5.9 meters, nave with dimensions of 7 x 8.3 meters and a 15 meters high tower. The chancel, as in other Podhale churches, is rectangular ended. From the north, the sacristy adheres to it. The nave is adjacent to a four-sided chapel from the 19th century on the north side, and a southern porch added in the 18th century. Above the chancel and nave, a gable roof, covered with shingles, was built. The predominant element of the church’s corpus is a tower, crowned with a pyramidal helmet. The whole temple is surrounded by open arcades.
   The original sixteenth-century decorations are preserved only in fragments, mainly on the ceiling of the vestibule under the tower. Gothic pointed portals with a cord ornament at the sacristy and in the south porch come from the time of construction. The windows, according to the old tradition, were placed only on the southern wall.

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bibliography:
Kornecki M., Gotyckie kościoły drewniane na Podhalu, Kraków 1987.

Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.
Webpage debno.diecezja.pl.
Webpage zabytkowekoscioly.net, Harklowa, kościół Narodzenia NMP