Lwówek Śląski – church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

The church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded by prince Henry II the Pious in 1238. Construction lasted until the end of the 13th century. From this period, the western facade of the temple with towers preserved to this day. After burning in 1455, the construction of the current church nave began. It was conducted in the period from 1493 to about 1550, initially by the architect from Zgorzelec Konrad Pfluger, and in the years 1512-1550 with the participation of the builder Hans Lindener. After another fire in 1752, the vaults collapsed, which during an unsuccessful restaurant in 1863-1866 were replaced with a simple wooden ceiling. At the same time, six internave pillars were removed from the interior.

Architecture

It is a three-nave, hall temple, made of brick and sandstone blocks. The chancel and side aisles are poligonal ended. From the church stands out the massive western part, so-called westwork, with two octagonal towers covered with pointed roofs and a portal from the end of the 13th century, made of red sandstone, with a rich floral decoration. The only late-gothic net vaults have been preserved in the sacristy and in vestibule at the northern aisle, in the southern chapel and under the galleries.

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bibliography:
Kozaczewska H., Średniowieczne kościoły halowe na Śląsku, “Kwartalnik Architektury i Urbanistyki”, 1-4, Warszawa 2013.

Pilch J., Leksykon zabytków architektury Dolnego Śląska, Warszawa 2005.
Website zabytkidiecezjilegnickiej.pl, Kościół pw. Wniebowzięcia NMP w Lwówku Śląskim.