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A bell tower at the St Dorothy the Virgin and Martyr parish church, Winna-Poświętna
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A bell tower at the St Dorothy the Virgin and Martyr parish church



One of the few 17th century wooden bell towers in the Podlaskie Voivodeship preserved in the original shape. It is an example of folk architecture drawing inspirations from brick architecture (rustication, shape of bell openings).


The bell tower was built in 1696, along with the church. It was consecrated in 1717. It underwent numerous repairs, among others, in 1880. Then, it was rearranged into a morgue. In the years 1980-1981, it was refurbished and devised for a display of sculptural relics of the church equipment.


The bell tower is located in the middle of the village, on a church cemetery surrounded by a wall, in its south-western corner. It is an example of Baroque architecture.

The bell tower was erected on a square floor plan and has two storeys. The second storey is narrower, separated by a skirt roof, covered with a pyramid hipped roof crowned with a crucifix on a baluster. The eaves of the lower storey rests on floor beams with slit endings; the eaves of the upper storey is trussed. Corners of the upper storey are sheathed with slats, modelling upon rustication; identical bell openings in the shape of a rectangle finished by an overhanging arch in walls.

The bell tower has a log structure; corners connected with dovetail joints; it rests on a foundation of fieldstones and a roll of bricks. The roof and eaves sheathed with wood shingles. The bell tower has a wooden, one-wing entrance door made of battens. Traceries in bell openings made of wood.

The monument can be viewed from the outside.

compiled by Aneta Kułak, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Bialystok, 02-10-2014.


  • Diecezja Drohiczyńska. Spis parafii i duchowieństwa 2004, Drohiczyn 2004, s. 232-325.
  • Katalog Zabytków Sztuki w Polsce, t. 9: Województwo łomżyńskie, z. 2: Ciechanowiec, Zambrów, Wysokie Mazowieckie i okolice, Warszawa 1986, s. 81-87, il. 61, 62, 68.

General information

  • Type: belfry
  • Chronology: 1696 r.
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Winna-Poświętna
  • Location: Voivodeship podlaskie, district wysokomazowiecki, commune Ciechanowiec - obszar wiejski
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland


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