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.

Architecture

   The brick, aisleless church was built on a rectangular plan with a narrower, elongated chancel on the eastern side. The nave was illuminated by tall, slender, pointed-arched windows, regularly spaced between stepped buttresses. The eastern, presbytery part of the church was originally separated from the nave by a Gothic chancel arch and a brick rood screen.

Current state

   The church has been significantly rebuilt since the Middle Ages, and what is more, it lost the chancel. The eastern façade of the church has only the Gothic arch and the decorative sill of the former rood screen. On the west side there is now a neo-Gothic porch, and the whole thing is covered with a gable roof with an octagonal ridge turret. Today, the renovated building serves for the followers of the Orthodox Church.

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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.