Pogwizdów – church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

History

   The church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross dates back to the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries. In the mid-16th century it was taken over by Protestants, and returned to Catholics in 1654. In the late 1990s, wall paintings were discovered inside.

Architecture

   The church was built of erratic unworked stones and sandstone blocks in the corners and architectural details. It is a aisleless building with a slender four-sided tower in the western part embedded in the nave, with a two-bay, polygonally ended chancel on the eastern side and a sacristy on the northern side.
   Two Gothic portals from the beginning of the 14th century led to the church: one to the nave located in the southern wall, the other to the chapel on the southern side. The third portal led from the chancel to the sacristy. The interior was originally illuminated by quite narrow, pointed and splayed windows, in the chancel pierced between the buttresses. Thanks to the latter, in the middle of the presbytery, a cross-rib vault was founded, supported on geometric corbels, while the nave was originally covered with a wooden ceiling.

Current state

   To this day, the church has retained its original early Gothic shape and many medieval architectural details, including portals, some windows, and a vault in the chancel. The church does not perform sacral functions at present.

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bibliography:
Pilch J., Leksykon zabytków architektury Dolnego Śląska, Warszawa 2005.