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 church. 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 church consisted of a nave and a polygonal chancel on the eastern side. The nave was two-aisle and formed a three-bay hall supported by two octagonal pillars. From the outside, the building was supported by buttresses, and there were medieval cornices on the facades. The top of the west facade of the church was filled with decorative blendes. From the south, a beautiful Gothic portal with mullion, led to the nave. Also from the south, on one of the buttresses there was a sundial with the date 1599 (it may be younger, however). From the north, a two-bay chapel was attached to the nave, open inwards with two pointed arcades supported on an octagonal pillar.

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