Iwkowa – church of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

The Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Iwkowa was erected at the end of the 15th century, on the site of an older, 14th-century church. In 1619, it was enlarged by the addition of a small tower, and its interior was decorated with polychromes.

Architecture

The church is a orientated building towards the sides of the world, erected in a log construction, without the use of nails. It consists of a rectangular, square-like nave, a three-side ended chancel on the east side and a low tower in a pole construction added from the west. On the north side of the chancel there is a small sacristy. The church has preserved a gothic shape with a high, steep roof, also common for the tower. Inside, flat ceilings were used. Two valuable portals from the fifteenth century, topped with trefoli arches have preserved in nave. The most valuable monuments of the church are sculptures on the chancel arch beam: a crucifix and the figures of Our Lady and John the Evangelist from the 15th century. Fragments of the late renaissance figural polychrome have also survived to our times. In the window of the presbytery there was a stained glass from the first half of the 15th century, but it was moved to the Diocesan Museum in Tarnów, and a copy was placed in its place.

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bibliography:
Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.
Szlak architektury drewnianej. Małopolska, Cisowski B., Duda M., Kraków 2005.