Strzelin – St Gotthard’s church

History

Church of St. Gotthard is one of the oldest churches in Silesia, with its origins dating back to the first half of the twelfth century. The romanesque rotunda which was erected there, in the 14th and 15th centuries was renovated in gothic style. The church from 1534 until 1945 was a Protestant temple, with a break between 1689-1708, when it belonged to the Augustinian Order. Before the First World War, the church held masses in Polish, by which it was called “Polnische Kirche”.

Architecture

Originally the church was a romanesque rotunda with apse. It survived in the lower part of the present tower with a modest portal with semicircular tympanum. At the beginning of the fourteenth century, the former chancel was demolished and a rectangular two-span interior was erected, old nave was raised and adapted to the church belfry. A similar rectangular nave was added from the south in the 15th century. Today, the church is a two-naves basilica with a two-span rib vault, with a circular tower from the west.

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