Recz – Christ the King church

History

   The town church in Recz was mentioned for the first time in written sources in 1296, when the margraves Otto, Konrad and Henry passed the patronage over the temple to local cistercian sisters. The current building (originally dedicated to St. Catherine) was erected in the years 1352-1355, probably on the site of an earlier building destroyed in a great fire of town in 1340. In the fifteenth century a church tower and a vaults of the nave were added. In 1859, the church was completely restored, but unfortunately changed a lot of architectural details: the window frames, tracery, friezes, cornices and gables were replaced. In 1945 the building ceased to be a Lutheran church, and began to serve the Catholic population.

Architecture

   The church is a hall structure orientated towards the sides of the world with three naves and a massive four-storey tower on the western side, decorated with slender blendes. The chancel on the eastern side is three side ended and has from the south the 15th century chapel and from the north a modern sacristy. The top is covered with gable roofs, in the corpus based on the decorated gables and the tower.
   The interiors are decorated by stellar vault in the central nave and chancel, and the rib vaults in the aisles. Crosswise rectangular bays of the central nave correspond to square bays in the side aisles, based on massive octagonal pillars and half-pillars at the chancel arch and western wall. The walls are segmented by pilaster strips (half-pillars) that passed at the top into arches, on which ancillary columns were applied in the form of bundles of rolls. The walls under the windows remained one plane, unlike similar churches in Dobiegniew or Choszczno, where niches and a higher storey were placed. Another difference is that in the polygonal part of the choir the windows have reached the maximum width, limited only by pilaster strips and arches. The equipment is worth seeing: a romanesque stone baptismal font and a fifteenth-century crucifix.

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bibliography:
Jarzewicz J., Architektura średniowieczna Pomorza Zachodniego, Poznań 2019.

Pilch J., Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.