Strachocin – St Faustina’s Church


   The church in Strachocin (Strachto in 1180, Zartzig in 1487) was erected by the Knights Hospitaller at the end of the 13th century. In 1373 its parish priest named Albert was recorded. Most likely, the church was seriously damaged during the Thirty Years’ War in the first half of the 17th century. It was rebuilt at the beginning of the 18th century and enlarged with a wooden belfry, and in the 19th century it was thoroughly renovated and rebuilt. Then the windows were transformed and the southern portal was created. During the last war, the church was seriously damaged. The monument was devastated and its furnishings plundered, only the perimeter walls and gables remained. It was rebuilt from the ruins in 1992-2003.


   The perimeter walls of the church were built of erratic stones, and up to a height of 4 meters from the ground floor, granite blocks were used. It received the form of an aisleless building on a rectangular plan with dimensions of 11 x 20 meters. This simple nave was covered with a gable roof, perhaps originally thatched or shingled, mounted on unadorned triangular gables. The main entrance was placed in a stepped, pointed western portal, next to which decorative elements were created: a Joannite cross in the outline of a circle, and on the left side a chessboard carved on a granite stone, most likely a sign of the builders.

Current state

   The church has retained its original perimeter walls and the original layout, not enlarged by any annexes. Unfortunately, all windows were transformed, and the southern portal was also pierced in the 19th century. The original one has survived in the western wall, and next to it the signs of the Knights Hospitaller cross and a poorly readable chessboard, as well as a fragment of the original window. Inside, on the western wall, three late-medieval painted “zacheuszes” have been preserved (dedication marks, placed on the walls of the church in the place of their blessing by the bishop).

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Katalog zabytków powiatu stargardzkiego, red. M.Majewski, tom II, Stargard 2010.

Website, Strachocin – ślady joannitów.