Krąpiel – St Maximilian’s Church

History

   The church in Krąpiel (Schonenberch in 1333) was erected at the end of the 13th or the beginning of the 14th century. In 1359 it was recorded that his parson was to be a certain Dietrich. The church was under the patronage of the mighty Wedel family, and later other owners of local goods. In 1945 the church was destroyed and burned down. As a ruin, it was taken over in 1974 by the parish in Pęzino, where the then parish priest Władysław Jackowski undertook the reconstruction of the temple in 1980.

Architecture

   The church was built of 23 layers of granite stones, arranged in the nave on a rectangular plan with dimensions of 17.6 x 12.2 meters. The rectangular chancel was smaller in width and length, and also slightly lower in height than the nave. The western gable of the nave and the eastern gable of the chancel, which was a rarity, were originally both made of stone. It were decorated with pointed blendes and one circular blende. The eastern wall of the chancel was especially interesting, decorated also below the gable with narrow, pointed-arched blendes with an early Gothic tracery. An oculus was placed below the gable in the western wall of the nave. The entrances to the church led from the west, north and south. All of them had the form of pointed, stepped portals without decorations. The interior of the church has not been vaulted.

Curent state

   The church has kept the layout obtained in the Middle Ages, but unfortunately an ugly contemporary sacristy was attached to its northern wall of the nave and chancel. What’s more, the original stone eastern gable along with the blende decoration was replaced during the reconstruction with a new one, with the same layout, but made of bricks. The church’s window openings were probably enlarged in the early modern period, but all three entrance portals to the church have survived in their original state.

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bibliography:
Katalog zabytków powiatu stargardzkiego, red. M.Majewski, tom 1, Stargard 2010.

Webpage niedziela.pl, Parafia pw. św. Maksymiliana Marii Kolbego w Krąpieli.