Wrocław – St Giles church

History

   The church was built in the twenties of the 13th century and is one of the oldest brick buildings in Wrocław. After the Second World War, most of the changes introduced during the baroque period were removed, the external plasters were removed and the chancel arch rebuilt, leaving only a modern signature.

Architecture

   Church of St. Giles is a romanesque temple built of bricks in the monk bond. It consists of a one nave and a square chancel ended with triangular apse from the east. There are original window openings and brick wall decorations: frieze of penetrating arcades and tooth frieze. Inside leads a romanesque portal with two pairs of columns and a flat tympanum.
   The chancel covered with rib vault and the nave are separated by a double, ogival arcade. In the center of the nave there was originally a pillar, which divided the nave space into four sections, covered with rib vaults. This is an unusual solution, rarely found in romanesque architecture. Outside, the brick-built arcade connects the church with the 16th-century building of the chapter, creating the so-called “Kluskowa” gate.

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bibliography:
Jarzewicz J., Kościoły romańskie w Polsce, Kraków 2014.
Website albumromanski.pl, Wrocław – kościół św. Idziego, XIII w.