Old Church of Saint Bartholomew

Gliwice, Poland

The Old church of Saint Bartholomew is a fortified church in Gliwice. Originally, it was built in Romanesque style about 1232 and situated far outside the defensive walls of the city.

In the 15th century, it was enlarged in Gothic style. The western tower was enhanced using brick. Its character is rather military, than that of a steeple.



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Toszecka 38, Gliwice, Poland
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Founded: 1232
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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gregiusek (2 years ago)
Cudowny kościół. Bylem w nim od dziecka niestety wiele się zmieniło do dzisiaj. Pierwsze zabrany obraz MB na oś. Kopernika pytam jakim prawem !!!!!! Pamiętam cudownego organistę i jego żonę którzy grali tak że mimo będąc dzieckiem ciarki przechodziły. Ludzie na nowenny przyjeżdżali ze śląska dla organisty i atmosfery kościoła. Dzisiaj byłem tam na chrzcinach cóż z dawnego kościoła został on sam ... dźwięk z organ już nie ten partacz przy klawiszach księża słabo dbający np. o ołtarz który widać jest mocno brudny. Postawiony tron przed ołtarzem dla księdza który ukrywa się za nim przed parafianami.... pewnie w imię Covida :) skończyła się tajemniczość przeżyć z tym miejscem. Szkoda.
Paweł Słowiński (2 years ago)
The parish my family has been associated with for several generations. The cubature of the church and the organ are impressive.
Krystian Kapica (2 years ago)
It is a pity that the pandemic dispersed and divided the faithful which affected the power of faith. It's a pity, because it won't come back. And the new parish priest spared no money for heating the church
Mariola Świetlicka (3 years ago)
A wonderful church, my childhood and youth were a parishioner there.
Anna Wilczek (3 years ago)
If you're into architecture it's a must see.
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