Osiek – St Andrew’s Church

History

   Church of St. Andrew was built in 1538-1549 on the site of the earlier one. In 1610-1617 a tower was added from the west. In 1732, the previous brick sacristy was replaced with a new, wooden one, and in turn arcades were added to the walls of the nave and presbytery. In 1802, the tower was destroyed by a lightning strike. By a happy coincidence, the fire did not spread to the whole building.
   Church ceased to be used in 1908, when the new building took over the function of the parish church. Initially, the historic church was to be dismantled, but the conservator of monuments and the lord of the estate in Osiek, Oskar Rudnicki, did not agree, and they provided the necessary funds for its preservation. A thorough renovation took place in the years 1970-1975, and the renovation of the interior and equipment in the 90s of the twentieth century.

Architecture

   The church is orientated, built in a log construction, in addition to the tower, which has a pole-frame construction. A polygonaly ended presbytery is located in the eastern part of the church, and from the north the early modern sacristy adheres to it. Wider and higher than the presbytery, the nave is built on a plan similar to a square. The whole is covered by a shingle, double-ridge roof, which is more characteristic of timber Silesian type churches than the Małopolska ones. The nave and the chancel are surrounded by open arcades with a large shingle roof.
   Located in the western part of the church, the tower has sloping walls. In its central part stands a pyramid peak, at the top it is crowned with a porch  and a higher pyramidal helmet, which formerly had a spire with four accompanying corner turrets.

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bibliography:
Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.
Szlak architektury drewnianej. Małopolska, Cisowski B., Duda M., Kraków 2005.