Szczepanki – St Lawrence’s Church


   The church was built by the Teutonic Knights in the first half of the 14th century. In the years 1609-1610, by the efforts of the parish priest were renewed, but the Swedish army destroyed it in 1626-1629. Several decades later, in 1670, the church was mentioned as a ruin. Rebuilt, at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, it was enlarged with a sacristy.


   The building is made of bricks in Gothic style on a pedestal of a erratic stones. It is orientated. It consists of an aisleless nave on a rectangular plan and a square, four-storey tower from the west. The sacristy on the north side is already a nineteenth-century addition. The tower in the corners is reinforced on the whole height with massive three-stepped buttresses, it has numerous putlog holes on scaffold beams. A portal in a undertower porch and a pointed portal in the southern wall of the nave  leads to the interior of the church.

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