Przydonica – church of Our Lady

History

   The parish in Przydonica was founded around 1358 from the foundation of the families Gerałt and Gryfita. The present parish church in Przydonica was built in 1527 and was consecrated around 1580. Originally, it had the name of St. Catherine. In the 18th century a tower was added to it from the west, it was also renewed many times, among others in 1826, 1892, 1904 and after 1945.

Architecture

   The church was built as a late Gothic timber building erected in a log construction. It consists of a aisleless nave and a three-sides ended chancel with a sacristy from the north. A porch was added to the nave from the south, and a tower with a vestibule in the ground floor from the west. The tower’s pole structure and sloping walls with an apparent porch were later covered with a spherical helmet, while the nave and chancel of the church were covered with a common gable roof. Window frames were crowned with Gothic arches with ogee patterns. An ogival gothic portal with painted woodcarving decoration and cartouches with the Gierałt and Gryf coats of arms leads to the interior from the west, also the other two portals received Gothic forms. The interior was covered with a flat ceiling, in the nave with extensions of the upper logs of the side walls.

Current state

   The church has preserved its late Gothic form and many original carpentry architectural details. Currently, the interior of his presbytery is covered with late-Renaissance polychrome from around 1596. Among the oldest equipment, there is a Gothic triptych from the third quarter of the 15th century located in the left, side altar, a late Gothic bas-relief of Christ the Savior from the first half of the 16th century in the altar’s base, and in the right side altar a Gothic – Renaissance triptych from the first half of the 16th century with the image of the Virgin Mary with the Child. On the chancel beam there is a late-Gothic Crucifixion group from the first half of the 16th century, moreover, in the church there is a Gothic stone baptismal font, also from the first half of the 16th century.

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