Mieszkowice – church of the Transfiguration

History

The church was built in the second half of the 13th century. It was mentioned for the first time in 1297 and 1298. In the following century, it was rebuilt in the brick gothic style and enlarged by a northern aisle and possibly by a sacristy. In the fifteenth century, a chapel was added on the south side, and at the end of the century a polygonal apse was erected. At the turn of the fifteenth and sixteenth century, the tower was raised, which its final shape reached in the eighteenth century. The church was partially renovated in the 19th and at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Architecture

Originally, it was a aisleless temple erected from regular granite blocks on a rectangular plan with no separate presbytery, with a tower from the west. In the 14th century, the northern wall was dismantled, and the aisle erected. The south wall was raised with a brick and new gothic windows were pierced. In the fifteenth century, a chapel was erected on the south side, and at the end of the fifteenth or the beginning of the sixteenth century, a presbytery closed by a polygonal apse was added to the eastern part of the church. As a result, today’s church is two-nave, gothic with a northern aisle lower than the nave. The main nave is covered with a stellar vault, the lateral aisle has rib vault. The 14th-century baptismal font from Gotland limestone is preserved from the original interior furnishings.

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bibliography:
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.

Website wikipedia.org, Kościół Przemienienia Pańskiego w Mieszkowicach.