Filial Church of St Joachim and St Anne, Annopol
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Filial Church of St Joachim and St Anne

Annopol

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The church is an exceedingly rare valuable example of wooden 18th-century sacred architecture that has been preserved to this day. This architecture was typical of the southern part of the Lublin region.

History

The church was founded in 1740 by Jan Tomasz Morsztyn, castellan of Wiślica, governor (starost) of the Sieradz district, founder of the town. Until 1886 it was a filial church of the parish in Świeciechów, later a parish church. The church was renewed in 1911, and then partly destroyed during the First World War. It was not used for religious purposes before the construction of a new brick and stone church in the surrounding area in the 1950s. During renovations and conservation work carried out between 1996 and 2007 alterations were made to the structure of the church, its interior decoration and fittings.

 

Description

The church, which is situated on a small hill, to the south of the Market Square, is an example of the eighteenth-century sacred architecture typical of the southern part of the Lublin region. It is oriented, single-nave, consists of a rectangular nave with truncated corners from the east, and a narrower, rectangular chancel closed on three sides, with a square sacristy to the north. The western side of the building features a quadrangular two-storey porch resembling a tower, which is equal to the height of the main nave. The church is built of wood, in a corner-notched log construction of fir and larch wood on an oak ground plate on a foundation of erratic boulders. It is covered with vertical weatherboards abutting the board and batten siding; the walls of the nave are reinforced with clamps. The interior of the church features a faux mirror ceiling. Gable roofs are covered with shingles; the roofs over the nave and porch are equal in height, with a turret on the roof ridge; the roof over the chancel is slightly lower and consists of three triangular sections, and the roof over the sacristy is made up of three triangular sections. Wooden roof truss. The facade features a two-storey tower-porch topped with a triangular gable end. Window openings are rectangular, multi-paned windows; an oculus is positioned in the rear wall of the chancel. The interior features a choir gallery supported by pillars, rood beams with a crucifix dating from the 19th century; the altars were designed in the neo-baroque style in the first half of the 19th century. The interior of the church is decorated with eighteenth-century wall paintings, which were reconstructed during the last renovation.

The monument is open to visitors.

Compiled by Bożena Stanek-Lebioda, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Lublin, 20.08.2014.

 

Bibliography

  • Górak J., Typy i formy drewnianej architektury sakralnej Lubelszczyzny, „Kwartalnik Architektury i Urbanistyki” 1987, no. 3-4, p. 240.
  • Kasiborski A., Prace remontowo-konserwatorskie w kościele pw. św. Joachima i św. Anny w Annopolu, „Wiadomości Konserwatorskie Województwa Lubelskiego”, vol. 10, Lublin 2008, pp. 268-272.
  • Katalog zabytków sztuki w Polsce, vol. 8: Województwo lubelskie, issue 9: Powiat kraśnicki, Warsaw 1961, pp. 1-2.

General information

  • Type: church
  • Chronology: 1740
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Kościuszki 2, Annopol
  • Location: Voivodeship lubelskie, district kraśnicki, commune Annopol - miasto
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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