Strzegom – St Barbara’s Church


   St. Barbara’s church was built in the 14th century, originally as a synagogue. In 1454 the jews of Strzegom were accused of desecration of the host and expelled from the city, and the synagogue was transformed into a church. At that time, the eastern wall was demolished and the polygonally ended chancel was built. In 1870 a large repair works took place.


   Originally, the synagogue was a small, rectangular hall made of stone, devoid of outbuildings and covered with a double-bay cross-rib vault. It was equipped with a turret in the south-eastern corner. After the fifteenth-century rebuilding, it received the form of an aisleless church with a three-side ended chancel. The presbytery was covered with a late Gothic net vault, and the nave with a cross-rib vault. In the walls of the presbytery there was a stone sedilia, a Gothic sacramentary, and a stone baptismal font from 1500.

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Pilch J., Leksykon zabytków architektury Dolnego Śląska, Warszawa 2005.