Łęg Probostwo – St Catherine’s Church

History

   The construction of the church of St. Catherine began in 1409 from the building of the chancel, to which around 1470 a nave was added, founded by Mikołaj Dołęga, a canon of Płock. Probably in the first half of the 15th century a western tower was added. In the sixteenth century, three pairs of brick columns supporting timber ceiling were added. The renovation of the temple was carried out in 1712, 1725, 1817-1825 and 1870-1875. The last renovation connected with the church’s regothisation, during which the columns were removed, was made in the years 1977-1987.

Architecture

   The church consists of a rectangular nave and an older, also rectangular, but a bit narrower chancel. The nave is preceded by a tower of equal height. A vestry and a treasury were added to the presbytery from the north with a room on the first floor. The walls of the temple are lined with numerous buttresses (on one of them on the west side a stone in the form of a mask was laid) and narrow windows, some of which have an ogival shape. Between the windows the façades are decorated with blendes with shapes similar to windows. On the axis of the west façade and in the south elevation there are brick, profiled portals. The walled up portal is also located in the southern wall of the tower at the height of the first floor. It led to matroneum (gallery). The eastern wall of the chancel is adorned by a late-gothic stepped gable with pinnacles and ogival blendes. Similar is on the west side of the church.
   The interior of the nave is covered by a timber flat ceiling, while the sacristy and treasury have vaults. In the nave, one of the portals was placed in the wall thickness, perhaps it originally led to the pulpit. The chancel arch was given an ogival form with a profiled chancel beam from the 16th century. In the presbytery, a sacramentarium recess with a two-sided closure was placed in the eastern wall.

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bibliography:
Kunkel R.M., Architektura gotycka na Mazowszu, Warszawa 2005.

Żabicki J., Leksykon zabytków architektury Mazowsza i Podlasia, Warszawa 2010.