Szczecinek – church of St Nicholas

History

   The first church that was erected in Szczecinek was built around 1310. Perhaps the tower was built at that time, but it was probably lower. In the sixteenth century a reconstruction was made, using bricks from the 14th century from the monastery of Marientron near Szczecinek. A brick church was erected than, which was followed by Protestants as a result of the Reformation. In the second half of the 18th century, they rebuilt it in the Baroque style. Church was demolished in 1909, but the tower was preserved.

Architecture

   St. Nicholas was a three-aisle building with a rather spacious, separate chancel on the eastern side and a tower on the west side. The tower was built of stones and bricks on a square plan. It received five storeys and was covered with a hip roof. The thickness of its tower walls is up to 2.5 meters, and the height is about 20 meters. In the ground floor of the west façade, a pointed, stepped entrance portal was pierced, at the level of the first floor, two very narrow and small openings illuminating the interior, and at the height of the third floor, slit openings leading into longitudinal blendes.

Current state

   Currently, the only remnant of the church of St. Nicholas is a late Gothic tower. Unfortunately, on the site of the nave, there is a modern shopping center, completely obscuring the monument from the east. The tower is owned by the Museum of the Szczecinek Land, whose collection includes silverware, weapons and hunting accessories, as well as a rich scientific library.

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bibliography:
Pilch J., Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012
Webpage szczecinek.net.pl, Historia.