Raciborowice – St Margaret’s Church

History

   The church was erected in the years 1460-1476. In the first half of the 15th century, a famous preacher, Paweł from Zator, functioned as a parish priest in Raciborowice. He raised the chancel before 1460 and started building the sacristy. Further construction work has been carried out since 1470 by a Cracow canon and chronicler Jan Długosz, which the chapter gave Raciborowice. A nave and porch was erected on the north side and the chancel vault was built. At the same time a belfry with a brick and stone floor and a top of wood was built. Over the course of five centuries, the body of the temple has not undergone any changes. The church was renovated several times and was subjected to conservative treatment.

Architecture

   The walls of the church and the stepped buttresses reinforcing them were built of bricks, and the plinth and architectural details of stone. The church had the form of an aisleless building with a narrower, straight-ended chancel on the eastern side, covered with a cross-rib vault over two rectangular bays. The rectangular nave was covered with a wooden ceiling. On the north side, the thickened part of the nave wall housed the stairs to the music choir, in the middle of the southern facade of the nave there was a porch, and the sacristy was located at the northern wall of the chancel. The brick façades of the church were decorated with diamond patterns arranged with zendrówka, i.e. heavily burnt bricks, and decorative friezes on the western façade. The main entrance to the church was framed with a stepped portal over which the Wieniawa coat of arms was placed. A similar portal was also used at the entrance to the southern porch.

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bibliography:
Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.
Website dnidziedzictwa.pl, Kościół pw. św. Małgorzaty Dziewicy i Męczennicy w Raciborowicach.