Łapczyca – church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded by king Casimir the Great in 1340 on the site of an earlier wooden church from the 12th century. In 1571, the episcopal visit revealed the poor condition of the temple. Its thorough restaurant was made around 1830. Unfortunately, many gothic elements have been removed during maintenance, the window cornice was destroyed, the ornamentation of the portals was cut down, the windows were rebuilt and the remains of the gothic vaults were removed. During the renovation in 1900, the church was extended with annexes from the west and south.

Architecture

It is a gothic church, originally a two-nave, now single-nave, erected from stone blocks, carefully worked and fitted to each other. The walls of the nave and the chancel have buttresses with pinnacles. In the corner of the nave from the south-east side there is a staircase, closed on three sides. In the former facade there is an entrance portal, gothic, stone, pointed, and richly profiled. Another original portal, stone and ended at the top with a truncated three leaves, is located in the entrance to the staircase. Also in the passage from the presbytery to the sacristy there is a gothic portal. On the western side of the church there is a wooden, 17th-century belfry.

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bibliography:
Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.
Website zabytek.pl, Kościół pomocniczy pw. Narodzenia NMP Łapczyca.