Iwięcino – Holy Virgin Church

History

   The church in Iwięcino was founded at the end of the 14th century on the initiative of the Cistercians from the monastery in Bukowo Morskie. During the Reformation, from around 1535, it was taken over by Protestants. In 1732, it was rebuilt after damages caused by a lightning strike. It was then, that the tower was tilted westwards to make it resistant to strong western winds. In the nineteenth century, the temple was restored, the southern sacristy was added then.

Architecture

   The church is a brick, gothic building consisting of a rectangular nave ended with a polygon, but what is interestingly – irregular. From the west side there is a massive tower decorated on elevations with ogival blendes (following the example of the parish church in Koszalin) and with a rich western portal with a stepped, profiled framing. The tower and nave of the church are covered with oak shingles.
   In the church many valuable equipment is stored, the oldest of which date back to the time of the Cistercian administration of the temple. They are a gothic tabernacle and a crucifix. The tabernacle is a wooden cabinet in which the Blessed Sacrament and the oils used during mass were stored. It has a decorative lock, a knocker and a decorative rosette in the center of the door panels. In the upper part is decorated with crenelage, at the bottom cut in trefoil.

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bibliography:
Jarzewicz J., Architektura średniowieczna Pomorza Zachodniego, Poznań 2019.
Kubicki D., Gotyckie świątynie powiatów koszalińskiego i kołobrzeskiego, Pelplin 2001.
Pilch J., Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.

Webpage encyklopedia.szczecin.pl, Kościół Matki Boskiej Królowej Polski (Iwięcino).