Łekno – church of St John the Baptist

History

   The first historical mention of the village of Łekno comes from 1277, however, the present late Gothic parish church was erected in the 15th century. It was rebuilt twice, the first time in the sixteenth century, the second in 1789, when the shape of the upper part of the tower, destroyed by a lightning strike, changed.

Architecture

   The church was built of erratic stones used in the lower parts of the walls and in the foundation, as well as of bricks. The temple is an aisleless, orientated, covered with a gable roof, with a chancel not separated externally from the nave, with a polygonal end in the east and a four-sided tower on the west side. Its length is 29 meters, along with 8 meters of the tower. The latter has three storeys, is marked with a frieze and decorated with blendes. From the south, a transept – a chapel measuring 6.5 x 7 meters was attached to the nave. The nave’s external façades are supported by stepped buttresses. Its interior is covered with cross-rib vaults, and the chapel has stellar vault. The interior equipment includes, among others a Gothic baptismal font serving as a stoup and two bells from the 16th century.

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

Website, wikipedia.org, Kościół św. Jana Chrzciciela w Łeknie.