Koło – Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church

History

   The gothic church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Koło was built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. The chancel and the nave are from this period. At the beginning of the 16th century, the chapel of the Mother of God was added to the nave from the south. Then, still in the sixteenth century, a gothic sacristy was added to the chancel. In the 19th century, due to the terrible condition of the temple, thorough renovation work was carried out. At that time, the vault in the nave was established, a porch was added at the west side of the church, and from the north a chapel was placed. Restaurant works continued in the twentieth century, among others when walls and gothic pinnacles were renovated.

Architecture

   The church is built of red brick in the gothic style. The nave of the temple is three-aisle, hall, with a spacious chancel, slightly wider than the central nave. It was built on a rectangular plan and strengthened from the outside with buttresses. Church has a gable roof covered with tiles, separate for the chancel and nave. The gable of the chancel is decorated with pinnacles, plastered niches and circular clearances. The temple does not have a tower, only a small ridge turret at the top of the nave. Vaults in the naves and side chapels have a rib structure, and in the presbytery – a stellar one.

Current state

    In the church, the stone gravestone of the staroste of Koło, Jan from Garbowo, who died in 1454, the son of the famous Zawisza Czarny of Garbowo, as well as the late gothic sacramentary made of sandstone around the mid-16th century have been preserved.

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bibliography:
Maluśkiewicz P., Gotyckie kościoły w Wielkopolsce, Poznań 2008.

Webpage wikipedia.org, Kościół Podwyższenia Krzyża Świętego w Kole.