Poniszowice – St John the Baptist’s Church


   The church was built in 1404 on the site of an earlier temple destroyed by a gale. In 1570, near the church, belfry was built. The object was used by Protestants in the first half of the 17th century. In the years 1640-1650, after returning to the Catholic church, it was renovated and new altars were purchased. Subsequent changes brought about the extension in the years 1691-1692, chapel of St. Joseph was added. In 1775, the church underwent major renovation and modernization, then outside arcades were added. In 1844, a new music choir was added in the western part of the nave, and in 1852 a collector’s lodge over the sacristy. In 1882, the church was enriched by colorful polychromes by Kusber from Gliwice. The object was renovated many times, in 1908 a comprehensive restoration of the temple was carried out, and six years later, the arcades were boarded. Another major refurbishment took place in 1982 and in 2011, when the arcades were dismantled and then rebuilt. In 2012, new foundations were laid and the chapel was reconstructed.


   It is an orientated church, built in a log construction on a stone and limestone foundation. It consists of a square nave with a pentagonal chapel of St. Joseph, and the narrower chancel closed on three sides from the east, to which the sacristy adjoins from the north. The belfry was erected as a separate, free-standing structure on a square plan. It was topped with a porch and an octagonal pyramidal helmet.
   The presbytery is decorated with a wide roof, and closed arcades surround the square nave. The main part of the church is covered with a soaring, double-ridge, multi-slope roof. On the presbytery, in the eastern part, the roof changes into a three-pitched roof, in the northern part it also covers the sacristy. Originally, the nave was divided inside by two octagonal pillars into two aisles.

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Pilch J., Leksykon zabytków architektury Górnego Śląska, Warszawa 2008.
Website malanowicz.eu, Drewniany kościół w Poniszowicach.