Strzeszów – church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

History

   The church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Strzeszów was built probably in the second half of the 13th century, or in the middle of the 14th century at the latest. It was mentioned for the first time in 1374. After the destruction of 1498, it had to be rebuilt.

Architecture

   The church was erected as an orientated building, consisting of a rectangular in plan nave (10.2 x 8.1 meters) and a slightly narrower, almost square chancel (6 x 6.5 meters). It was erected from partially shaped swamp ore, laid in layers on lime mortar, but during the 15th-century reconstruction, its structure was supplemented with bricks. Both the nave and the choir were strengthened by the corner buttresses. Both parts of the church were covered with very high gable roofs based on magnificent gables. The Gothic western gable decorated with slender blendes was especially richly decorated.

Current state

   The church has retained the layout typical of early Gothic village parish churches, but its high silhouette and some architectural details are the result of late Gothic reconstruction (e.g. eastern and western gables). Unfortunately, the windows of the church were transformed in the early modern period.

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bibliography:
Kozaczewski T., Wiejskie kościoły parafialne XIII wieku na Śląsku (miejscowości S-Ż) i na Łużycach, Wrocław 1994.