Sulechów – Exaltation of the Holy Cross church

History

   The church was built in the 13th century. After the expansion from the fifteenth century (1488 – 1499) it gained a new nave, sacristy and a larger chancel. The church was seriously damaged during the catastrophic fire of the town in 1557. Then the western gable, the tower and the vaults collapsed. The church was rebuilt by Tadeusz Blitzl until 1562. However, it took longer to complete the rich interior design, since the pulpit was restored only after eighteen years after the fire. The lower part of  the collapsed tower was preserved as a porch and a new tower was erected from the southern side. At that time, a new stellar vault was also made and the construction of the western gable, decorated with recesses, was completed.
   
In 1539 the temple was taken over by the Protestants and managed until the end of World War II. In the second half of the 16th century, the first library in the town was arranged in the room on the new tower. Serious manuscripts and parchment books were kept there. To maintain the building in good condition, renovation and modernization works were carried out. In 1611 a tower was renovated, in which a bell founded by the town council was placed. The next works were carried out after the end of the 30-year war. In 1687, the construction of the new pulpit was completed, and in 1693 another tower renovation was carried out. In 1830, the tower’s octagonal top was added.

Architecture

   It is a late-gothic building, made of brick and stone, reinforced with buttresses, in hall form. It has three naves, a three-side ended chancel, annexes on the south and north side, and a sixteenth-century tower on the south side. The original tower was on the west side, but after the fire of the sixteenth century it was lowered and turned into a porch. The church façades are decorated with a frieze with a trefoil motif. East and west facade of the naves, are decorated with gables with rich blendes decoration. In the nave and presbytery there are stellar vaults, and in the aisles there is a net vault.

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

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