Ziemomyśl – church


   The church in Ziemomyśl (Schönwerder) was built in the mid-thirteenth century. It belonged to the Cistercians from Kołbacz, who probably participated in the foundation of the village, granted to them in 1232. Perhaps in the fourteenth century, a tower was built over its western part, unless it was already built at the time of construction of the nave (e.g. in a timber-frame form). Church was destroyed during World War II and has not been rebuilt anymore.


   The church was an example of a transitional structure between the Romanesque and Gothic periods, that is, the aisleless and orientated temple, erected on a rectangular plan without a separate chancel with a western tower of the same width as the nave. Walls set on a stone foundation were made of field stones and external facades of carefully worked with granite quartz, arranged in regular layers.
The western tower was erected as an integral part of the whole building, as evidenced by the uniform wall bond, as well as the circular, moulded plinth. Initially, its upper part could have been a timber-frame structure, later rebuilt into brick and stone. At its western elevation was the main entrance portal. It led to a spacious porch, which was then passed under a wide-open arch to the interior of the church. In the southern elevation of the base of the tower was another portal, which entered the steep staircase made of thick walls, leading to the upper floors of the tower and the attic of the nave. The northern and southern stepped portals led directly to the nave, as did the western one made of carefully worked granite blocks. 
   The original number and arrangement of windows is difficult to determine, as it have been rebuilt. Certainly, it had a narrow, ogival jambs and a sloping window sill. They were made of quares and granite blocks. The eastern façade was the most ornamental. There were three narrow windows made of precisely worked quares and granite blocks. A similar pattern had brick blendes decorating the gable. The interior of the nave was covered with a timber  beam ceiling and a gable roof.

Current state

   Today, the church is in the state of a ruin, unfortunately badly neglected, with the preserved perimeter walls, the eastern gable and the partially collapsed tower. The area of the monument is heavily overgrown with vegetation, which exposes this valuable building to further degradation. The windows of the church were transformed in the early modern period, although a relic of the original opening has been preserved in the center of the eastern façade. On the other hand, simple but high-quality portals have survived.

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Katalog zabytków powiatu stargardzkiego, red. M.Majewski, tom II, Stargard 2010.

Website architektura.pomorze.pl, Ziemomyśl ( Schönwerder ).