Szprotawa – St Andrew’s church

History

The church was erected in romanesque style around 1230. It is located in Iława, the oldest district of Szprotawa. There was a border hillfort, which already in Mieszko I times, had a very important strategic role. Here, in 1000, Bolesław Chrobry welcomed the German emperor Otto III, who went to the tomb of St. Adalbert in Gniezno. In 1460 the bishop of Wrocław, incorporated the church into the monastery of the nuns of Magdalenka. The property was owned by them until 1810, when the order was dissoluted. In the 19th century a vestry was added to the church from the north and a south porch.

Architecture

The church is built of brick, now plastered. Romanesque, thick walls measuring 1,1 meters in apse to 1,3 meters in nave are characteristic elements. The building is aisleless and orientated. The main changes that took place in it, were the extension of the nave, which was done in gothic style. The portal, closed by a circular arch, is located in the south wall of the church. Primal are also 3 windows in apse. In the interior, the romanesque baptismal font and the late gothic altar are worth mentioning.

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Website wikipedia.org, Kościół św. Andrzeja w Szprotawie.