Pyzdry – church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

   The parish church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was mentioned for the first time in 1265. In 1331, during the invasion of Teutonic Order, the temple was robbed, but its walls survived. Soon the construction of a new church was started. Its foundation is attributed to king Kazimierz the Great. According to other historians, the parish church was built or was completely rebuilt only in the second half of the 15th century. Probably at that time a tower was added to the church on the west side.
  
In 1519 the bishop of Poznań Jan Lubrański raised the temple to the rank of collegiate. In the 17th and 18th centuries the building was repeatedly destroyed by fires. After a fire in 1807, which once again destroyed the church, the building for many years remained unused. The fare restaurant was not until 1865-1870. Subsequent renovations took place in 1937 and between 1956-1958, when the facade of the church was cleared of plasters, restoring its gothic character.

Architecture

   It is a three-nave basilica church, having a chancel of equal height with a nave and polygonaly ended from the east. A four-sided tower was erected on the west side. On the left and right side of the chancel there are two sacristies, while in the southern one a gothic cross-rib vault with a lamb-shaped boss has survived to our times. The church is compact and surrounded with buttresses. The central nave and the chancel equal its height are covered by a high gable roof. Above the side aisles are mono-pitched roofs. The whole is dominated by a massive, three-story tower, originally covered with a pyramidal roof.

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bibliography:
Maluśkiewicz P., Gotyckie kościoły w Wielkopolsce, Poznań 2008.

Website zabytek.pl, Kościół par. pw. Narodzenia NMP Pyzdry.