Pyrzyce – church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

   The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in the second half of the 13th century as evidenced by the stone, lower part of the tower and was expanded in the first half of the 14th century. It gained a pseudobasilic from with the chancel ebded by a pentagon and a tower erected on a square plan. In the 15th century the chancel’s ambulatory and chapels near the tower were built. At the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries a tower was built from the east and the porch at the western tower.
   Church
originally wore the call of St. Maurice. After 1534 it was taken over by Protestants. In 1596 it was destroyed by fire and rebuilt to 1602. In the mid-nineteenth century it was partially transformed into a neo-gothic style, unified than the size of the windows, introduced new tracery, replaced the main portal in the tower and reconstructed most of the vaults. In 1945, during the battle for the city, the temple was burned down and destroyed, the vaults collapsed. Survived walls of the nave and lower parts of the western tower. In 1948 security work was taken, but they were stopped because of lack of funds. It was only in the years 1958-1966 that the temple was rebuilt.

Architecture

   The church is composed of a three-nave pseudobasilic corpus and a three-nave chancel, five-sided ended and surrounded by ambulatory. From the west is a tower on a rectangular plan with a porch in the ground flour and porches on the sides. The second tower rises on an axis over the eastern span of the bypass. Outside the church is covered with small buttresses adorned with decorative blendes. The facades are pierced with glass windows. The tower has a decoration in the form of a pointed blendes, located on several floors. The nave and the chancel cover the common gable roof. Both towers are covered with tent roofs.
  
Inside the aisles are separated by pointed arches, supported by octagonal pillars. The main nave and the presbytery are covered with stellar vaults, in the nave and ambulatory there are rib vaults. There are three gothic portals in the interior. From the old equipment survived sculptured triptych with the scene of the Last Supper of the 14th century and the crucifix and statues of the holy knights from the 17th century.

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bibliography:
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, 2012.
Website zabytkowekoscioly.net, Pyrzyce, kościół Wniebowzięcia NMP.