CHOTEL CZERWONY - Church of St. Bartholomew

The Gothic Roman Catholic church of St. Bartholomew in Chotel Czerwony is from the 15th century and was built thanks to the efforts of the famous Polish chronicler – Jan Długosz. The town itself and the parish there have a much longer history.
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IN CHOTEL CZERWONY

The Gothic Roman Catholic church of St. Bartholomew in Chotel Czerwony is from the 15th century and was built thanks to the efforts of the famous Polish chronicler – Jan Długosz. The town itself and the parish there have a much longer history. The first wooden church was built here probably in the mid-12th century. Jan Długosz owned a considerable farm and a garden in Chotel Czerwony. Looking at the decaying 300-year-old wooden church, the Polish historian decided to fund a new temple. In this way, in the years 1440-50, a beautiful Gothic church was erected in Chotel Czerwony. Architecture experts claim that it is a miniature of the Wiślica collegiate church. Similarly it was built as a one-nave temple with a nave on a square-like plan.

In the joints of the temple’s vault you can see the coats of arms of the founder Jan Długosz and Zbigniew Oleśnicki, as well as the coat of arms of the Jagiellonian Dynasty.

The uniqueness of the church in Chotel Czerwony is largely determined by the fact that it has survived to the present day almost intact – both in terms of shape and the equipment. Above the entrance to the temple there is a stone with board from 1450 in memory of its erection with a bas-relief depicting the Virgin Mary with the Child. Inside the church you can see some valuable Gothic sculptures. On nave’s northern wall there is a work  from ca.1400 that especially draws attention, it depicts Christ on the Cross. In the main altar there is a late-Gothic crucifix from the 15th century whereas in the two Rococo side altars from the second half of the 18th century there are paintings depicting Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception and St. Bartholomew.

There are two porches that adjoin the nave, one Gothic from the southern side, with a sundial located on its outer wall, and a multi-storey neo-Gothic from the western side, added in 1850. Behind the late Baroque altar there is a Gothic sacramentarium, i.e. a special room for storing the Blessed Sacrament.

Sources:

www.diecezja.kielce.pl/parafie/chotel-czerwony-sw-bartlomieja-ap

 

CHOTEL CZERWONY - Church of St. Bartholomew

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