Rajbrot parish has existed since 1260. The Polish King Bolesław the Chaste “funds the 100-morg rectory” and building of the larch wood church. However, according to the legend, it is not Bolesław who is the real founder but his wife the queen – Saint King – who, while protecting herself from the Tatars in Hungary, was to experience miraculous God’s protection here in Rajbrot, for whom she built a church as a token of her gratitude.
The church existing today was built around 1511 by builders unknown by name, who, however, left behind a mysterious signature, located on the back wall of the polygonal closure of the presbytery, behind the altar – a sign of a double bell, belonging to the guild crafts.
It is an oriented building (facing East) with a log construction, covered with shingles. A sacristy was built next to the presbytery from the north. The windows in the temple were placed on the south side, because of both climatic and symbolic considerations – in Middle Ages it was believed that on the North side devils and evil forces lurk.
In the early Baroque altar there is a picture of the Mother of God with the baby and young John the Baptist from the 17th century and a sculpture of St. Stanisław and St. Adalbert. An interesting fact is that the image is double – the image of the Mother of God is obscured by a second, being lowered during the mass. On the rood screen (it is a horizontal wooden beam fastened between the nave of the church and the presbytery) there are figures depicting the passion scene – Christ on the cross, on the right the Mother of God and on the left St. John.
This church remains one of the better examples of medieval religious architecture in the Southern Region of Poland Malopolska. It retained almost all stylish features. The facility is on the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Malopolska Voivodeship.
Church of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Rajbrot
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