Filial Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Stary Jaworów
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Filial Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Stary Jaworów

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A church surrounded by an old cemetery.

History

  • 13th/14th century - construction of the church
  • 18th century - Baroque redesign
  • 19th century - regothicisation
  • 1969 — renovation
  • 1972 — renovation
Description

The church was built in the late 13th century/early 14th century. Originally a Gothic edifice, it was later redesigned in the Baroque style during the 18th century. At the end of the 19th century, the church was redesigned yet again, the intention being to strip away the Baroque additions and bring the Gothic elements back to the fore. Major renovation works were carried out in 1969 and 1972.

The church is a single-nave building with a rectangular chancel to the east and a square tower to the west. The nave is covered by a flat ceiling with a crossbeam and crown mouldings, while the chancel features a cross-rib vault resting on conical supports.

An early modern two-storey annex with a patrons’ gallery adjoins the chancel to the north, featuring a double barrel vault with lunettes and opening towards the chancel with a semi-circular arch. The gable roofs of the church are clad with ceramic roof tiles. The tower’s ground floor section features a cross-rib vault; the tower walls are supported by buttresses at the corners and covered with a tented roof. A porch adjoins the nave to the south, featuring a pointed-arch, chamfered portal made of stone. The pointed-arch windows and rood arch are all the result of the 19th-century regothicisation. The church fittings are designed in the Gothic Revival style.

Near the church stretches the old cemetery, which, although no longer serving its original funerary function, still features a number of surviving old headstones.The cemetery is surrounded by fragments of a stone wall to the south and south-east; originally, this perimeter wall was designed on a roughly circular plan. The cemetery was then extended towards the north and surrounded with a brick wall designed on a rectangular plan.

The church is usually closed; it may be viewed from the outside without limitations.

compiled by Krzysztof Czartoryski, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Wrocław, 19-06-2015

Bibliography

  • Zabytki Sztuki w Polsce. Śląsk, Warsaw 2006

General information

  • Type: church
  • Chronology: przełom XIII i XIV w.
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Stary Jaworów
  • Location: Voivodeship dolnośląskie, district świdnicki, commune Jaworzyna śląska - obszar wiejski
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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