Nidek – church of Saint Apostles Simon and Jude

History

   Church of Saint Apostles Simon and Jude was probably built before 1539. It was probably founded on the site of the previous one, because the local parish was created in 1313. The founder of the temple was the owner of the village, Mikołaj Nidecki. At the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries it belonged to the Calvinists and later to the Arians. Catholics were restored in 1669. The tower was added in 1617 or in 1663.

Architecture

   The church is timber, built on a high stone foundation, erected in a log framed construction, with walls covered with shingles and partially boarded. On the west side, a tower in a pole structure with overhang porch has been added. The chancel, narrower than the nave, is three sides ended, and on its northern side there is a later sacristy. The temple is surrounded by low arcades supported by pillars. The nave and the presbytery are covered with a uniform, steep roof, based on a gothic truss. All roofs are covered with shingle. The opening in the chancel arch has an ogival crowning. Portals from the south and from the presbytery to the sacristy have lintels in the ogee arch shapes.

Current state

    The late-Gothic church has been preserved from the time of the erecting to the present day without major changes, thanks to which it is one of the most valuable monuments of the Lesser Poland – Silesia border. At present, the church is not in use, please ask at the clergy house at the nearby stone church. The oldest monument in the church’s equipment is the baptismal font dated to the 16th century, inside you can also admire the Gothic carpentry details.

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bibliography:
Brykowski R., Kornecki M., Drewniane kościoły w Małopolsce południowej, Wrocław 1984.

Cisowski B., Duda M., Szlak architektury drewnianej. Małopolska, Kraków 2005.