Szprotawa – church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

History

The first written mention of the church dates back to 1260. Originally it was a smaller romanesque structure, one-nave and towerless. The tower was built in the 14th century, and the gothic-style extension to the three-nave building was made in the years 1416-1424. From 1314 to 1811 the church took care of the sisters Magdalenka. In the 16th and 17th century, chapels and porch were added to the side aisles.

Architecture

The original romanesque temple built of field stone was a one-nave church. Its outline is still visible today, as it clearly stands out on the background of later brick façades. As a result of the gothic expansion, the building became a three-nave hall with a narrow, polygonal closed presbytery on the eastern side. From the north is a massive tower and vestry. The most distinctive feature of the church is the large gable of the western wall, filled with decorative blendes. On the outer walls you can see gothic epitaphs from the early 14th century and the renaissance. Inside, separated by ogival arcades, supported on octagonal pillars, the naves are covered with net vaults. In the sacristy, a rib vault was used.

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bibliography:
Kozaczewska H., Średniowieczne kościoły halowe na Śląsku, “Kwartalnik Architektury i Urbanistyki”, 1-4, Warszawa 2013.
Pilch J., Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012.