Szczecin – St Peter and St Paul church


   The first timber church was built on the site of todays temple in 1124, when Otto of Bamberg came to Szczecin with the christian mission. It was the oldest sacral building in Szczecin, but was burnt during the Danish invasion in 1189. Between 1223 and 1237 a new brick temple was erected on its site. In 1425 the construction of a new church nave in the spirit of the Pomeranian school of gothic architecture of Heinrich Brunsberg began. In 1460 the church was extended to the west by one span, much wider than the others and topped with a tower.
In 1534 the building was converted into a Protestant temple. In 1556 the tower was dismantled, western facade rebuilt, and in 1602 the church was crowned with the ridge turret. During the artillery fire in 1677 the church was greatly damaged. Reconstruction lasted for 24 years. In 1702 Hans Kamerling made the so-called pseudovault, that is a wooden ceiling, shaped like brick vaults. In 1817, all baroque elements were removed, and in 1901 the western façade of the temple was regothisated.


   The church is a brick building ended pentagonal from the east. In the north, chapel and sacristy rooms are preserved. In the north wall there is also a well-preserved alms niche from the first half of the 15th century with a slot for donations. The western façade which is the remains of the church tower, is the most representative. The interior now has a wooden ceiling, while the pulled in buttresses are made up of shallow chapels in which rib vaults are preserved. Outside the church and the sacristy, consoles in the shape of heads of medieval Szczecin inhabitants of different sexes and ages, have been preserved. Once consoles were the basis for the sculptures displayed on them.

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Architektura gotycka w Polsce, red. T. Mroczko i M. Arszyński, Warszawa 1995.
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012
Website, Kościół św. Piotra i św. Pawła.