Strzelce Krajeńskie – St Mary’s church

History

St. Mary’s church was erected at the end of the 13th century. After the burning of the Hussites in 1433, its reconstruction and rebuilding was started from the pseudbasilica to the basilica. A sacristy was added to the north, inner wall of the temple. Another reconstruction took place in 1858-1866. Matronea were introduced into the interior of the temple, walls and pillars were plastered, porches were added and new equipment was found. In 1945, the church was burned, and the interior equipment was destroyed or scattered. After the destruction of the war, it was rebuilt in 1957-1973.

Architecture

The temple is built of brick on lime mortar and partly of carefully worked blocks of granite. The building is orientated, erected on a rectangular plan with a tower on the west side. The body of the church is three-nave, six-span, without a separate choir on the east side. Originally, it was a pseudobasilic building, but during the redevelopment of the 15th century a basilic space was added to the main nave, through the windows above the roofs of the nave. The church tower is four-storey, with a rich decoration consisting of lancet blendes. The central nave and aisles are covered with a stellar vault.

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bibliography:
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.

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