Skrzyszów – St Stanislaus’ Church


   St. Stanislaus church was erected in 1517 from the foundation of Jan Amor Tarnowski, hetman and castellan of Cracow. The builder was carpenter Jan from Czchów, as indicated by the signature on the portal. As a result of the expansion carried out in the years 1770 – 1776 and 1893-1894, the nave was expanded with transept chapels, sacristy, and a tower. In the second half of the 20th century, remains of wall polychromies from the beginning of the 16th century and the end of the 18th century were discovered. Shortly afterwards, in 1968 and 1972-1975, necessary repairs to the church were carried out.


   The church is a large building as for the wooden temple. It consists of a three-side ended presbytery, surrounded by arcades and a nave to which from the north and south are extended elongated transept chapels. From the west, a tower with an overhanging porch was added. The church is covered with gable, shingle roof, with a ridge turret.
   The interior is covered with flat ceilings, adorned just like the walls with Art Nouveau polychromes, which covered the earlier, late Gothic one from around 1517. The nave separates the semicircular arch with a profiled beam, which houses a late gothic crucifix from the end of the 15th century. In the entrances there are three late gothic portals, two pointed and one with ogee arch.

Current state

   The church has been considerably enlarged and expanded since the late Middle Ages, but in style and forms referring to the original buildings, it has also partly preserved the late-Gothic architectural detail and monuments of painting, sculpture and crafts. The oldest and most interesting pieces of equipment include late-Gothic stalls from the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries in the presbytery.

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