Świebodzin – St Michael’s Church

History

The first mention of the temple dates back to 1311. At that time it was probably a small wooden building. In the mid or late 15th century it was replaced by a brick church hall. It survived to the great fire that destroyed Świebodzin in 1541. During the reconstruction, which in 1546 the townspeople commissioned to Georg Jakub Curtio and Tomasz Heintzio and which ended in 1555, the church was enlarged by a fourth nave from the north and a row of chapels with matroneum on the south. In the 19th century the state of the temple was catastrophic. In 1850-1858, the then parish priest appointed a large-scale renovation and restoration work. The arcade porch was added at that time and the gable of the nave was transformed by placing a large tracery flanked by two turrets.

Architecture

The original church from the 14th century was a three-nave hall with a five-side chancel and a tower on the west side. The nave was built on a rectangular plan measuring 31 x 27 meters. In the 16th century the church was enlarged by a fourth nave from the north and a row of chapels with matroneum on the south side. The facades with buttresses have the original ogival windows. The naves are covered with rich, net vaults, two chapels has stellar vault and the third has diamond vault. Inside the late gothic triptych from the 16th century and the late gothic Passion are worth noting.

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bibliography:
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.
Website wikipedia.org, Kościół św. Michała Archanioła w Świebodzinie.