St. Anthony of Padua Church

Strzelniki, Poland

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Strzelniki, is a historic Renaissance fourteenth-century church. It was first mentioned in 1376. The present church was built in 1688, with the 1853 renovation restructuring its oval-cut windows. During renovations that took place in 1958, Medieval polychromes were discovered, that were later uncovered and exhibited between 1966 and 1979. The polychromes cover the entire interior of the church.



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Strzelniki, Poland
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Founded: 1688
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Krzysztof Krzyżanowski (9 months ago)
Małgorzata Ciupa (2 years ago)
The branch church of the parish in Łosiów. The Gothic church was built in the second half of the 13th century in brick. It is surrounded by a brick-and-stone wall. During the renovation in 1958, medieval polychromies were discovered on the walls of the temple. Entered in the register of monuments on March 2, 1964 at number 708/64. Worth a visit.
MAJOR JEDNOSTKA (2 years ago)
History in moderately good renewing. The rest are interesting and unusual.
Marek Jaeger (3 years ago)
Very nice and old Church
Marek Ka (3 years ago)
Gothic church from the turn of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Inside preserved Gothic frescoes, which were unveiled during the renovation in the fifties of the last century. The church is surrounded by a brick and stone Gothic wall.
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