Niemodlin – church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

   The first mention of the church in Niemodlin appeared in 1228. It was probably rebuilt at the end of the 13th century, when Niemodlin was granted town charter, and the building began to function as a parish temple. A presbytery could have been erected during this period. In 1389, thanks to the efforts of prince Bolek of Opole, it was raised to the rank of a collegiate church. In the second half of the fifteenth century, the church was expanded with a nave and a tower.
   During the Thirty Years War in 1640, it was almost completely burned down. After the fire, the sacristy was rebuilt and chapels were erected on the sides of the chancel. The nave and the vault were also rebuilt from gothic to baroque. Rebuilt in 1651, the church was again destroyed from a lightning strike in 1655. The tower suffered particularly severe damage, for the second time destroyed in 1781, from a lightning strike. Rebuilt, it was raised and surrounded by galleries with a conical, shingle roof. In 1864, the tower was destroyed again. In 1865 the western gable was renovated and the tower was added 9 meters. The last internal restaurant was carried out in 1956 and in the 80s of the last century.

Architecture

   The church was situated in the center of the town, on the west side of the market square, on the road from Opole to Nysa. It was made of bricks with the use of zendrówka and stone in the ground floor. It received a chancel orientated towards the directions of the world, ended with a straight wall in the east and a wider, rectangular in plan, four-bay nave. On the north side, at the chancel, there was a sacristy, and in the north-west part of the nave, a four-sided tower was placed. In the presbytery, there are Gothic sedilia, probably from the 14th century, closed with three trefoil arches suspended on stone corbels.

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bibliography:
Website wikipedia.org, Kościół Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryi Panny w Niemodlinie.
Website zabytek.pl, Kościół pw. Wniebowzięcia NMP Niemodlin.