Catholic Church of All Saints - Zabytek.pl
woj. wielkopolskie, pow. koniński, gm. Rychwał-obszar wiejski
Kuchary Kościelne (which used to be called “Kuchary Cerkiewne”) was mentioned in written records for the first time in 1261. Over the next centuries, they were owned by members of the nobility, including the Grodziecki family (in the 17th century). A local parish was established in the 14th century. The first church was mentioned for the first time in 1449. The present church was built owing to the efforts of a local parish-priest, Rev. Michał Iwański, in 1795; it replaced a previous church building. In 1912, owing to the efforts of the contemporary parish-priest, Rev. Stanisław Małachowski, the church roof was completely renovated and covered with new weatherboards and the ceiling was supported with wooden posts. During World War II, the Germans robbed the church of chasubles and church linen. The church underwent full-scale renovations in the years 1990-1991; the works included the restoration of wall paintings, altars, and a painting of Our Lady of Sorrows from the 19th century. Moreover, a new pipe organ was constructed by Marcin Białkowski. In 2000, a pre-funeral chapel was built and the fence enclosing the church was renovated. The wooden bell tower by the church was constructed in the late 18th century and early 19th century.
The church, oriented to the east, is situated on the western edge of the village. The building has a wooden log structure. It has a single nave (with no aisles) and a triangle-ended chancel. Its one-ridge gable roof is covered with sheet metal. It is surmounted by a steeple with an onion-shaped roof and a lantern. On the north, the nave is adjoined by a sacristy with stairs leading to the pulpit, and on the south side, symmetrically — by a square porch (narthex). Inside, there is a ceiling supported by posts. Wooden stairs in the southern part of the nave lead to a music gallery resting on two spirally twisted posts, located in the western part of the nave. Some of the fittings, including Baroque altars from 1700, come from the previous church.
The graveyard, having a number of trees, is enclosed with a stone and metal fence with a gate. In the south-eastern part of the graveyard, there is a wooden bell tower. Its lower part is covered with weatherboards. It was constructed in the late 18th century and early 19th century and renovated in 1978. It has a post-and-beam structure resting on a cobblestone wall base. Its roof is covered with sheet copper. To the east of the church, there is a brick rectory, built in 1928.
The church can be visited from the outside. Holy Masses: on Sundays and public holidays: 8.00, 12.00; on weekdays: in summer: 8.00 or 18.00, in winter: 8.00 or 17.00.
compiled by Tomasz Łuczak, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Poznan, 16-11-2015.
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- http://kosciolydrewniane.pl - odsłona z listopada 2015 r.
Protection: Register of monuments, Monuments records
Inspire id: PL.1.9.ZIPOZ.NID_N_30_BK.162887, PL.1.9.ZIPOZ.NID_E_30_BK.65771