Rokicie – church of St Peter and Paul

History

   The church of St. Peter and Paul was erected around the mid-thirteenth century, parhaps from the Wydźga foundation from the Powała family. It is also called the Equine Church, and this name comes from the remarks from which it follows that the money for the church building comes from the sale of wild horses grazing in this area. The original call was St. Margaret. In 1783 it was restored. In 1896 a musical choir was built and the shape of the window openings was changed.

Architecture

   The church is brick-built, the late romanesque, consists of nave on the rectangular plan and the shorter and narrower chancel. On the west side there is a four-sided tower with a characteristic and unprecedented shape. It has a projection of the elongated rectangle up to the cornice height, the longer side adjacent to the façade, while above it goes into a square projection. Both the ground floor and the first floor of the tower open to the nave with wide arcades. They are, nevertheless, the result of the neo-gothic renovation, but it can be assumed that the first floor was originally a gallery (matroneum).
    The original entrance portal to the church was on the south side of the nave. An interesting element of the building is the triad of windows on the eastern wall of the chancel. On the facades of the building there are also shallow cavities in the bricks, which are probably remnants of the burning of fire on Holy Saturday with the use of timber fire drills.

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bibliography:
Kunkel R.M., Architektura gotycka na Mazowszu, Warszawa 2005.

Tomaszewski A., Romańskie kościoły z emporami zachodnimi na obszarze Polski, Czech i Węgier, Wrocław 1974.