Smolnica – church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


   The church in Smolnica was built in the second half of the thirteenth century, and the first record of it comes from 1337 from the book of the Margrave of Brandenburg Louis V. In the fourteenth century, a tower was added and a south porch was erected. From the 16th century, the church became an Evangelical temple. In the eighteenth century, the tower received a new Baroque crown, and in the nineteenth century neo-Gothic modifications were made, which together with the whole church were destroyed in 1945, when it was bombed by the Red Army. It was rebuilt in 1983-1984 in the early-Gothic form.


   The church was built of granite cubes arranged in regular layers. It is an aisleless building on a rectangular plan with dimensions of 20×9.3 meters, without a separate chancel, with a massive western tower with a width equal to the nave. The thickness of the walls of the nave is 1.55 meters. The main, pointed entrance portal is located on the west side, and in the south wall you can find the relic of the second portal. Three ogival windows are visible in the eastern wall.

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

Website, Kościół Narodzenia Najświętszej Maryi Panny w Smolnicy.