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Gothic, Baroque, half-timbered houses, built of wood, brick, or filled with clay or plastered – only Pomerania offers such a diversity of religious buildings. The rich interior decor, the wall paintings and incredible stained glass windows, give the finishing touch to the structures.
The Saints Peter and Paul Church in Mątowy Wielkie
Mątowy Wielkie is a village in Żuławy Wielkie, established by the Teutonic Knights in 1383.
It is the home village of Blessed Dorothea of Montau, who ended her life in 1397, bricked up in a hermit's cell established against the wall of the Cathedral in Kwidzyn. This church, originally a half-timbered establishment, was built in stages from the 1340s. At present, it is a two-aisle brick church with a half-brick tower topped with a wooden cupola. The tower houses a 17th-Century bell and a second, alarm bell which dates back to 1700.
The interiors of the church feature the high altar with a Baroque Revival painting of its patron saints and a scene depicting the Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary above it. The side altar is fitted with a Gothic sculpture of the Mother of God, the Seat of Wisdom. It is, however, but a shadow of the former altar. The second side altar is furnished with a painting of St. Agnes and Blessed Dorothea. Other precious monuments in the church include a Gothic Pieta in the niche of the southern wall and a tabernacle with Gothic door, polychromed on the inside. Above the southern entrance there is a painting showing the Crucifixion Group with a wooden crucifix. The Baroque pulpit and baptistery with a Gothic baptismal font complete the furnishings.
As an interesting side note, on the interior part of the southern wall visitors can see carved-in dates, which show the levels of water during floods as far back as 1878. The last recorded date is 1924.
Foto: M.Bielinski, Dep. Turystyki, UMWP