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Wieściszowice Church

The Church of the Most Sacred Heard of Jesus was probably erected in 1859. Right from the start, it served as an Evangelical place of worship. The church was refurbished in 1970.

 

The building features a rectangular aisle with a timber gallery, as well as a closed polygonal apse (a semi-elliptical, polygonal or semicircular space constituting the termination of the main space of the church, and open onto the interior). The church's pitched roof is covered in sheet metal, while a tower set on the building's axis is topped with a timber screen, crowned in turn by a steeple.

Inside the church are Neo-Gothic wooden polychromes, plus timber organ casing from the 19th century, attached to the gallery. There is also a Baroque 18th-century oil painting, an eclectic baptismal font from the late 19th century, as well as liturgical vessels from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The second church in Wieściszowice is a so-called auxiliary church. According to records, it dates back to 1559. Although initially belonging to the Evangelists, it was later to become a Catholic church. In the 19th century it underwent its first renovation, while the second such job was carried out in 1978.

Currently the building is used as a cemetery chapel. The church itself is modest in size, and is an oriented church; in church architecture this means that the presbytery, where the main altar is situated, faces east (from the Latin word for east: oriens), i.e. the direction from which Jesus Christ is supposed to appear during his Second Coming (parousia). A single-aisled building, featuring a rectangular presbytery and semicircular apse (an open semi-elliptical, polygonal or semicircular space constituting the interior's termination), it is rectangular in plan and beneath a tall, sheet metal roof. The western section of the church features a turret with an octagonal onion dome. Wooden shingles cover the walls of the tower. On the southern wall is a semi-circular stone portal, with the date 1559 engraved on it. Inside, the church has a timber ceiling dating back to 1644.

Half-buried Baroque gravestones from the 18th century are to be found in the cemetery which lies between and links these two churches.

A restored monument, in the form of an obelisk commemorating those lost in World War I, stands by the cemetery wall. The obelisk, with a plaque and iron cross ending in a ball with a small cross, is surrounded by cast iron railings.

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