Stary Kraków – church of Our Lady


   The church was built in the second half of the 15th century on the site of an earlier 13th century church built by the Knights Hospitaller. During the Reformation, it was taken over by Protestants and renovated by them after a fire in 1790. In 1958 it was destroyed by another fire. The last time was rebuilt in 1962-1963, when the sacristy was erected at the same time.


   The Gothic building was erected as an aisleless, closed in the east with polygon, without the chancel separated externally from the nave. From the west, a square tower was built on the facade axis. The building was reinforced with buttresses, between which pointed windows were placed. The entrance was located from the west in the ground floor of the tower. An interesting technique was used in the portal there, consisting in increasing the number of orders in the archivolt compared to the orders of the vertical jambs below the archivolt.

Current state

   The church was partially transformed as a result of repair work carried out after several fires. Among other things, the shape of most of the windows has been modernized, and a modern sacristy was located at the southern wall of the church. Apart from the stone stoup in the under-tower porch, no element of the old equipment has survived.

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Böttger L., Die Bau- und Kunstdenkmäler des Regierungs – Bezirks Kösslin, Band I, Heft 3, Stettin 1892.
Ober M., Gotyckie kościoły wiejskie okolic Darłowa [w:] Historia i kultura Ziemi Sławieńskiej, tom VI, Gmina Darłowo, red. W.Rączkowski, J.Sroka, Sławno 2007.