Koszalin – Cistercian Church

History

The history of the church, which was originally a monastery church of the Koszalin Cistercians, dates back to the 13th century. The monastery was founded in 1278, and the chapel was mentioned in 1295. In 1401, it received the privilege of celebrating services, even during interdiction and banishment, if they were imposed on the town. Church served Cistercian sisters until the Reformation, when the nuns left the monastery. Later, it fell into disrepair, but at the beginning of the 17th century it was rebuilt by prince Francis I as a castle’s church, connected by an overhead, covered corridor with the residence. In 1718, the castle and the church burnt down. Today, the renovated church serves as an orthodox church.

Architecture

The brick, single-space church was erected on a rectangular plan. On the west side there is a porch added later. The whole is covered by a gable roof with an octagonal tower and a ridge turret. The nave is illuminated by tall, slender, pointed windows. The eastern elevation of the church has preserved the gothic, chancel arch and the decorative parapet of the brick rood screen separating originally the nave from the presbytery.

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bibliography:
Kubicki D., Gotyckie świątynie powiatów koszalińskiego i kołobrzeskiego, Pelplin 2001.

Pilch J., Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.