Wełtyń – church of Our Lady

History

The first church in Wełtyń was established in the 13th century, and was first mentioned in 1299. At that time, Wełtyń owned town charter, which it lost only at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. The medieval temple was called St. Stephen and remained under the patronage of St. Mary’s church in Szczecin. The current one was built in the second half of the fifteenth century. The tower and the sacristy were built several dozen years later. Probably around 1530, the walls in the interior of the temple were covered with figural paintings, and five years later the church was taken over by the Protestants. At that time, the village became part of the Kołbacz domain, and the patronage over the church was taken over by the state, represented by domain managers. The church was rebuilt in 1690 and 1784, when it received new baroque equipment. In the 19th century, the windows were widened, however, maintaining their ogival shape. After the Second World War, the church was taken over by Catholics and in 1946 consecrated to the present call.

Architecture

The church is orientated, aisleless. It consists of a rectangular nave, ended from the east of triangular chancel, small sacristy added to the northern wall and tower located at the west end of the naveThe walls were made of erratic stones bonded with mortar with small stones and bricks. The main portal in the western facade of the tower and the side one in the southern facade of the nave preserved late-gothic forms. Inside, there are gothic-renaissance polychromes created most probably in the years 1520-1534. In the wall from the west side, at the northern corner, there is a stone and brick gate with an ogival passage. It probably originates from the beginning of the 15th century.

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bibliography:
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, Warszawa 2012

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