Catholic Church of Saints Stanislaus and Nicholas, Malanów
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Catholic Church of Saints Stanislaus and Nicholas



The Church of Sts Stanislaus and Nicholas in Malanów is an example of rural wooden ecclesiastical architecture of eastern Greater Poland.


The village of Malanów was mentioned for the first time in a papal bull of Pope Innocent II from 1136. Until the Partitions of Poland, the village was owned by Gniezno Archbishops. During the January Uprising, Polish insurgents hiding in a local rectory engaged in a battle with Russian soldiers. During World War II, a Jewish ghetto, one of the few rural ghettos in Europe, was established in the nearby village of Czachulec. The parish in Malanów was most likely established in c. 1668; the first church, made of wood, was also built at that time. Another wooden church, founded by the contemporary parish-priest, Rev. Szczepan Będkowski, was built in 1716. It was consecrated in 1731 by the Gniezno suffragan bishop Franciszek Kraszkowski. In 1864, due to the fact that a new road from Turek to Kalisz, the so-called Napoleonic route, was constructed, the rural layout of the village was altered. It was decided that the church would be moved closer to the new road. The present church was built in the years 1871-1874 owing to the efforts of the parish-priest Gerwazy Smółkowski and his successor, Rev. Ludwik Służewski, using materials from the previous church, which had been dismantled. Its free-standing bell tower, constructed in 1793, was also moved to its present location — next to the new church — in 1873. During World War II, the Germans robbed the bell tower and the church of four bells, chasubles, and church linen. The construction of a new church, having a reinforced concrete structure, nearby the old wooden church, was started in 1989 and completed in 1997. The church rectory was built in 1905.


The village of Malanów is located by a road connecting Turek with Kalisz. The Church of St Stanislaus the Bishop and St Nicholas the Bishop has a wooden log structure resting on a stone and brick wall base, reinforced with vertical supports and covered with weatherboards. The church has one nave (with no aisles). It is adjoined by two porches, one on the south side and the other on the west side, and — on the east side — a chancel, narrower than the nave, terminating in a semi-hexagon, and adjoined by a rectangular sacristy and a rectangular porch. The gable roof is covered with sheet metal. It is surmounted by a steeple with a lantern topped with a conical cupola. Inside, there is a flat ceiling, decorated with cove moulding in the nave part. A rood beam with a crucifix separates the chancel from the nave. The church fittings include Baroque altars and pews, a Baroque pulpit, and a Gothic Revival baptismal font from the 1st half of the 19th century. The wooden bell tower, built on a square floor plan, has a post-and-beam structure covered with weatherboards on the outside. It is covered with a hip roof with wood shingles, surmounted by a steeple.

The church can only be visited from the outside.

compiled by Tomasz Łuczak, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Poznan, 14-11-2014.


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  • - odsłona z listopada 2015 r.

General information

  • Type: church
  • Chronology: 1716 r.
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Malanów
  • Location: Voivodeship wielkopolskie, district turecki, commune Malanów
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland


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