Until 1980, near the masonry church, there was a wooden church from 1742, where Mass was celebrated sporadically. The Diocesan Curia, however, handed it over to the Kashubian Ethnographic Park in Wdzydze Kiszewskie.
The Patron Saint of the newly-built church was St. Barbara, particularly worshipped by the fishermen of Swornegacie. The church was built of brick, on a rock foundation and plastered. Its silhouette refers to the old Kashubian-Pomeranian architectural tradition. The roof is covered with red tiles, and the cupola of the tower, with an onion-like shape, is made of tin plate.
When entering the church, one should pay attention to the polychromy, created by Rev. Drapiewski’s brother – Władysław, the colour of which corresponds to the landscape of the area. Other interesting parts are the three altars and richly-decorated organ, made by the Bavarian artists Also, there are wonderful chandeliers of wood and horn.
In the summer time, the church is filled not only with local residents, but also with many tourists and participants in camps and canoeing trips. In these periods, the liturgy has a particular atmosphere, often international, with guitars and songs.
Autor: CIT Ziemia Chojnicka
Foto: R.Baranowski, Dep. Turystyki, UMWP