Świdwin – church of Our Lady

History

The church was built in 1338. In 1475 the side chapels were erected, where the sacristy was located and the upper part of the tower was built 30 years later. In 1538 the church was renamed to Protestant. In 1644 a lightning struck the church tower, which destroyed it. Another tragedy came in 1689 when, during a huge fire, the temple burned down, leaving only walls. Thanks to the sacrifice of the inhabitants, the church was rebuilt in just three years, and again in 1692 the service was held there. In 1776 the tower burned again. In 1881 the church was repaired and in such condition it survived until the end of World War II when it was seriously damaged during the liberation of Świdwin. After the war, the church was taken over by Catholics, and the Church Reconstruction Committee set up, which began work in 1948.

Architecture

The church has an architectural shape of the basilica, has three nave, and the chancel is surrounded by ambulatory. To the church from the west is adjacent tower with a porch in the ground floor and two chapels on the sides. The walls of the tower are divided by lancet blendes. A two-span chapel and sacristy were added to the presbytery from the north. The windows of the church are also in shape of lancet. Portals are stepped, profiled and decorated with glazed brick. The main nave, the aisles, the bypass of chancel, and the northern chapel are covered with stellar vaults, the undertower porch, the side chapels of the tower, and the vestry are rib vaulted.

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

Website wikipedia.org, Kościół Matki Boskiej Nieustającej Pomocy w Świdwinie.