Szamotuły – Our Lady of Consolation Collegiate

History

   The church was built in the years 1423-1431 at the site of the earlier temple. Its founder were the owners of Szamotuły, brothers Dobrogost and Wincenty Świdwów – Szamotulscy. In 1542 bishop Sebastian Branicki set up a collegiate chapter and gave the church the dignity of the collegiate church. Until then, the church was significantly expanded in the first half of the 16th century. Łukasz Górka’s efforts resulted in raising the chancel, building new pillars, vaults, arcades between the naves and a tower.
  
During the Reformation, the collegiate belonged to Lutherans from 1569, and from 1573 to the Bohemian Brothers. Since 1594 the church has returned to the rule of Catholics. After floods and fires in the 17th and 18th centuries, the collegiate church was renovated. Between 1884 and 1890 the interior was plastered and the south porch was added. In 1930, from the east, a bell tower was built. In 1941 the German army plundered the collegiate. Among stolen things were bells, a picture from the main altar and a tombstone from the 16th century. The church was again given to the followers after the liberation of the city in early 1945.

Architecture

   The collegiate church is a late gothic, three-nave basilica, brick-built on a rectangular plan. The northern aisle is narrower and shorter than the south one because of the northern sacristy. From the west and east, the façades are covered with buttresses. The gables of the church are stepped with blendes. Interior has stellar vaults. The collegiate church is one of the most valuable gothic buildings in Wielkopolska.

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bibliography:
Maluśkiewicz P., Gotyckie kościoły w Wielkopolsce, Poznań 2008.

Website regionwielkopolska.pl, kościół pw. MB Pocieszenia i św. Stanisława Biskupa w Szamotułach.
Website wikipedia.org, Bazylika kolegiacka Matki Bożej Pocieszenia i św. Stanisława Biskupa w Szamotułach.