Stary Sącz – monastery of the Poor Clares

History

   Monastery of the Poor Clares in Stary Sącz was founded by princess Kinga in 1280. The first monastic buildings and church were probably timber. From the middle of the 14th century, construction work on the brick, Holy Trinity church was started, which was consecrated around 1332. Subsequent works were carried out in the years 1601 – 1605, when at the order of bishop Bernard Maciejowski were built brick monastery buildings. The damage caused by the fire that took place in 1764, led to renovations and changes, but the church retained the original gothic appearance.

Architecture

   The Holy Trinity monastery church is a gothic building with a five-span corpus and a narrow, two-span chancel with a three-sided ending. To the south side of the church is adjacent St. Kinga chapel, erected in the fourteenth century, originally called St. Mary’s chapel. It is open from the central nave by the large window. The interiors of the chancel of the church are covered by rib vaults. There are also surviving elements of the early gothic stonework, window tracery in the presbytery and nave, and three ogival portals. The former chapter room, now converted into a chapel, is filled with a gothic, octagonal pillar and palm vault.
  
The monastery’s four-range with cloisters around the courtyard, lost their original look after the baroque rebuilding. In good condition survived fortifications around the monastery. In the seventeenth century they were strengthened and raised. The only preserved tower has a cylindrical shape and four storeys.

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bibliography:
Krasnowolski B., Leksykon zabytków architektury Małopolski, Warszawa 2013.
Website stary.sacz.pl, Zespół klasztorny ss Klarysek.