Kleczkowo – St Lawrence’s Church

History

   The church was built in 1512-1518 in the style of late Mazovian gothic, on the initiative of, among others, the then parson Stanisław of Budny. Initially, it was in the form of a basilica, but in the second quarter of the 16th century it was transformed into a pseudobasilic. At that time, the preserved wall surrounding the church’s cemetery was also erected. In 1900 a new belfry was erected on the site of an older, late-gothic one. The church was destroyed during the Second World War in 1944, when the Germans blew it up, and then rebuilt in 1951-1954.

Architecture

   The church is orientated on the east-west axis with the main entrance from the west. Its made of brick, erected as a three-nave object, later rebuilt into a pseudobasilica. It consists of a taller and wider corpus and a narrower and lower chancel, ended by a straight wall. From the north to the chancel is added a rectangular annexe, containing a sacristy and a treasury, and a chapel is added to the nave from the south. Outside, all the corners and walls of the aisles and the chancel walls are buttressed. Above the nave and the chancel there are separate gable roofs, with stepped gables from the east and west, turning into pinnacles.
  
The interior of the temple is formed by a four-span nave, divided into side aisles by three pairs of pillars. Originally, the central nave was covered with a net vault, which after the Second World War was reconstructed as a stellar vault. The same vaults are located in the aisles, chancel and chapel, while in the sacristy there is a diamond vault.

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bibliography:
Kunkel R.M., Architektura gotycka na Mazowszu, Warszawa 2005.

Żabicki J., Leksykon zabytków architektury Mazowsza i Podlasia, Warszawa 2010.