Lubań – St Mary’s Church


   The first information about the building dates from 1384. It was then a small church performing the function of a cemetery chapel. It was completely destroyed by the Hussites in 1427. Around 1452, the town’s inhabitants rebuilt the church and widened it considerably. Until the beginning of the 18th century, it was used primarily for funerary purposes. From 1654 to the 1840s, the temple served Evangelicals from Uniejów and Radostów for the escape church. In the times of the plague epidemic, it served as a murrain chapel.
Over the centuries, it has been renovated and rebuilt many times. In 1563, the roof structure of the tower was changed, in 1626 the walls and windows were renovated. In the following years, a new matroneum, a council lodge, a pulpit and a choir were made. In 1709, lightning seriously damaged the construction of the church. A thorough renovation was carried out only in the years 1730-1735. In 1840 the church walls were reinforced with buttresses. The last large-scale renovation took place in 1887-1888. The oldest part of the church was extended, the windows were raised, and the roof cover was changed from shingle to tile.


   It is an aisleless, four-bay church, with a narrower, elongated, two-bay, polygonal ended chancel on the eastern side. From the north, at the junction of the nave and presbytery, there is a tower on a square plan, in the upper part  octagonal. The choir vault is original, cross-ribbed in the western bay, supported by stone corbels. In the eastern bay of the chancel, a six-section vault was used due to the polygonal closure of this part of the building.

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Pilch J., Leksykon zabytków architektury Dolnego Śląska, Warszawa 2005.
Website, Kościół Maryi Panny.