Kartno – church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross


   The branch church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was founded in the second half of the 13th century in a village belonging to the Cistercians from nearby Kołbacz. In 1945 it was destroyed. The reconstruction was carried out in the years 1981-1984.


   The church is built of granite cubes in the form of a aisleless temple on a rectangular plan, without a choir and a tower. The western gable was made of broken stones, but its articulation in the form of blendes is made of bricks, which gave the façade a decorative character. At the eastern gable it is visible pointed niche or window, going under the roof of the apse. This would indicate that the apse is of nineteenth century origin and was not within the scope of the original building. The church has only two portals, made of precisely worked, granite blocks. The main three-stepped entrance portal is located in the west elevation. The second, two-stepped portal is located in the north elevation. The windows of both north and south elevations have been widened and bricked, but have retained a semicircular finial. The whole building is covered with a ceramic, gable roof.

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Jarzewicz J., Architektura średniowieczna Pomorza Zachodniego, Poznań 2019.

Webpage architektura.pomorze.pl, Kartno ( Kortenhagen ).