Stopnica – church of the Apostles Peter and Paul


In 1326, during the reign of Ladislaus the Elbow-high, at the present site a chapel of St. Anna was erected. In 1349-1362, the parish church of St. Apostles Peter and Paul was added to it, which was founded by king Casimir the Great. According to tradition, it was one of the six expiation foundations for the drowning of priest Marcin Baryczka, who reminded him of a dissolute lifestyle. The church was destroyed and ransomed by the Swedes in 1655, and two years later by the duke of Transylvania, George II Rakoczi. After the destruction, the roof and the ridge turret were baroque, although the walls themselves were not remodeled and remained gothic. In such a form survived to the Second World War. In 1944 and 1945, 100% of the Stopnica buildings fell victim to war. Also the temple of Stopnica was destroyed. At the end of the war, reconstruction of this valuable monument was begun. Works took place between 1946-1958, during which the church was reconstructed to its original form.


The church is a two-nave, hall building, with aisles splits by two pillars. Outside is buttresses. It has eight lancet windows, five of which are in the chancel and three in the northern aisle. The two pillars are supported a rib vault, on which the bosses are located, rescued from war damages. On the vault of the presbytery is a boss representing the head of Kazimierz the Great, and on the bosses of the vaults above the naves there are emblems of Polish voivodships from the times of the last Piast king.

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Grzybkowski A., Gotycka architektura murowana w Polsce, Warszawa 2016.
Website, Kościół Świętych Apostołów Piotra i Pawła w Stopnicy.