Szaniec – church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


The late gothic parish church in Szaniec was erected between 1480 and 1499. It was founded by bishop of Kujawy and crown chancellor Krzesław from Kurozwęki. In the 16th century the sacristy was added to the temple. During the seventeenth-century wars the church had to be destroyed, because a table with information about consecration in 1662 was found. In 1863 the north porch was added, and in 1914 the west porch.


The gothic temple consists of a nave and a polygonal chancel. The body is two-nave and forms a triangular hall, supported by two octagonal pillars. The building is covered with buttresses, and on the elevations there are medieval cornices. From the north, a two-span chapel is adjacent to the nave, open to the center with two pointed arcades supported by an octagonal pillar. The gable of the western facade of the church is filled with blendes. From the south to the nave leads a beautiful gothic portal, stepped with tracery. Also from the south on one of the buttresses is a sundial with a date of 1599, but perhaps it is younger.

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Katalog Zabytków Sztuki w Polsce, t. III, Województwo kieleckie, zeszyt 1, Powiat buski, Warszawa 1957.
Website, Szaniec (województwo świętokrzyskie).