St. Nicholas’ Stone Church in Niezabyszewo

In the times of Frederick the Great, the village was becoming a large industrial centre, where weaving was very popular. In the past, Niezabyszewo was also popular because of its pottery. Apart from the traditional utility ceramics, there were also tiles and drainage elements. In the 19th Century, the local priests undertook the difficult task of propagating Polish culture among the local Kashubians, who had mostly German roots.

One of the most beautiful historic monuments of the Bytów Kashubia is the Romanesque-Revival church in Niezabyszewo. The church construction was carried out in stages. Its oldest element is the northern sacristy from the mid 19th-Century, as well as the half the aisle, with a semicircular apse. In 1911, the northern sacristy was built, and, in the 1930s, the tower was built and the aisle was extended.

The church interior is decorated with three Baroque altars from the end of the 18th Century. On one of the altars there is a Gothic inscription (in the Polish language) Saint Joseph, save us. The main altar is devoted to Our Lady Queen of Poland. In the church, there is a Baroque wooden baptismal font, a sculpture of St. Nicolas, stained glass from 1918 and organs from 1915.

By the end of the 16th Century, on the site of the present-day church, there was a half-timbered church, which, in the 18th Century, was partially burned. For safety reasons, it was pulled down, and the current church was erected in its place, for us to admire to this day.

Autor: J. Musioł, LOT Kaszuby Bytowskie

Foto: M.Bieliński, Dep. Turystyki, UMWP



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