Syców – church of the Apostles Peter and Paul


The Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul was built around 1350, and at the turn of the fifteenth and sixteenth century, it was expanded. During the visitation of the Syców parish in 1651, it was reported that church was in a bad condition, it was even threatened with collapse. The roof of the church and windows were damaged. Soon thereafter, renovation had to be carried out, because during the next visit in 1666, the building was used without any obstacles by local Catholics. In 1813, the church was destroyed by a fire. The reconstruction was immediately carried out, but the work was not finished then. The building had to wait for full renovation until 1905, when it received a new roof truss and was enlarged with a porch and sacristy.


The church is a building orientated towards the sides of the world, made of brick, three-nave and hall, which means that all naves are equal in height. Chancel located in the eastern part, is narrower than the naves and it is ended polygonally. On the south side, the chapel is adjoined. The outer façades of the church are reinforced with buttresses, between which large, ogival windows were placed. Above them, an arcaded frieze was led. Inside, the presbytery was covered by a rib vault, central nave by stellar vault, aisles by three-partitioned vaults in nine fields, and south chapels with three-partitioned vaults. A stone sacramentary from the 15th century has been preserved in the church.

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Kozaczewska H., Średniowieczne kościoły halowe na Śląsku, “Kwartalnik Architektury i Urbanistyki”, 1-4, Warszawa 2013.
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