Church of Saint Procopius

Strzelno, Poland

The 12th-century church of Saint Procopius, in the shape of a Roman rotunda, is considered to be one of the best preserved original churches in Poland.


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Founded: 1133
Category: Religious sites in Poland


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Dariusz Racinowski (5 months ago)
A special place in Strzelno. A beautifully landscaped large square with two very old churches. Both objects must be seen. There is also a museum and a cafe next to the temples. There is a large free car park in front of the churches. In the church of St. The Trinity Church houses Romanesque columns. There are seven of them. Four located in the nave. Two of them are richly carved.
Sergiusz Nizinski (6 months ago)
Lovely church. Presumably the restoration of the Romanesque style would make it even more attractive
Beata Ba (8 months ago)
Incredible climate. Living story!
Roberto G (12 months ago)
A beautiful church. Unique columns and most importantly an altar with 650 relics of saints. It could use a better description and promotion of such a treasure.
Wiesiek Kopicki (14 months ago)
The church deserves two marks and both the highest. The first for the most beautiful Romanesque columns in Poland, and the second for the interior design. Two of the columns have a very interesting iconographic program. It is worth paying attention to the capitals; everyone else. I recommend.
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