Poręba Wielka – St Bartholomew’s Church


   The late-Gothic church of St. Bartholomew was built at the beginning of the 16th century, in a village probably founded in the second half of the 14th century in Cistercian estates. In the same century it was taken from the order by Louis of Hungary and handed over by the king for lease. It belonged to the Ratołd family, then Pieniazek, and from 1590 the lease was taken over by the Lubomirski family, at the time when the current church was built. The tower was added to it in 1644. From 1710 Poręba Wielka became the property of the Sanguszko family, and in 1760 it was purchased by the Wodzicki family, which they owned until 1945.


   The orientated church consists of a three-side ended chancel and a wider, longer and slightly taller nave on the rectangular plan. Church is built in log structure, partly planked with dark-colored boards, shingled and covered with a double-pitched tin roof. The open arcades are adjacent to the church walls, and from the north to the chancel adjacents sacristy. The tower has a pole structure, porch on top and pyramidal helmet.
   Inside the church, late-Gothic portals with lintels cut out in ogee arches and flat ceilings were used. The semi-circular chancel arch received a moulded form and was suspended on the corbels (the ends of the floor beams protruding from the face of the wall).

Current state

   The church of St. Bartholomew is today one of the oldest temples in the Silesian Foothills (Pogórze). The building from the outside has retained its late-Gothic character in a variety of the wooden Silesian churcesh, but its interior and equipment have been transformed in early modern times.

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

Cisowski B., Duda M., Szlak architektury drewnianej. Małopolska, Kraków 2005.
Website malopolska.szlaki.pttk.pl, Kościół św. Bartłomieja Apostoła w Porębie Wielkiej.