St. Mary's Church

Darłowo, Poland

In 1321, Bishop Konrad Kamien gave the patronage to the church in Darłowo to the brothers Święce: Peter and Jasiek and Peter’s son - Wawrzyniec. This year is considered to be the beginning of the construction of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as St. Mary's Church. The church was damaged by fire in 1589, 1624, 1679 and 1722. The fire in 1679, resulting from a lightning strike, burned down the entire interior of the church with a tower.

From 1535 till the end of the hostilities in 1945, the church belonged to Protestants, most of whom lived in the area of Pomerania. At that time, there were many changes in church architecture. After the Second World War, along with Polish settlers, Catholic priests came to the city. On August 14, 1945, the Franciscans of the Province of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception took over the church and on September 1 of that same year, its consecration was made. Father Damian Tyniecki was the first parish priest. Since 1974, the church has been reconstructed to regain its Gothic roots. The balconies were removed, the plasters were knocked off from the rib vaulting in the nave and aisles; a bay and two gothic and medieval portals, well-preserved wall paintings in the chancel were exposed.

The most interesting detail in St. Mary's Church is Pomeranian Mausoleum with the sarcophaguses of King Eric, Elizabeth, wife of the last Duke of Pomerania and Hedwig - Princess of Pomerania which are located in the chapel of the church tower. There is also richly decorated Baroque pulpit, probably from around 1700. Its body is embellished with reliefs of scenes from the life of Christ and biblical scenes. The pulpit is supported by the figure of an angel. The canopy is a scene of the Last Judgment. The church has a Baroque mural painting of Adoration of the Magi (17th-18th century) and a window painting of St. Christopher located in the walled bay. In addition, there are six portraits of the Apostles from the late 17th century, the Renaissance baptismal bowl from the 16th century, made in Nuremberg. Baptismal font carved in the plate is the work of an artist from Pomeranian Land - William Gross. It is located in the nave of the church, just below the balcony.



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Koscielna 2, Darłowo, Poland
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Founded: 1321
Category: Religious sites in Poland

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Mario Sommariva (2 years ago)
Kamil Romanowski (3 years ago)
Darren Way (3 years ago)
Bit religious
emmy leks (4 years ago)
Lovely place
Andreas Kalesse (5 years ago)
Das ist eine der bemerkenswertesten Kirchen in Pommern. Eine 8-eckige Kirche mit einem Gertudenpatrozinium gibt es im Ostseeraum sonst noch in Deutschland im Bundesland Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Die originale Ausstattung aus mehreren Jahrhunderten ist beeindruckend. Das wunderschöne Innengewölbe habe ich in dieser Form noch nie gesehen. Die Ausmalungen sind sehr bemerkenswert. Dass ich eine schöne Darstellung meines Namenspatrons dort vorgefunden habe, hat mich sehr berührt.
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