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St. John’s Evangelists Church

In 1240, Duke Barnim I and his pious wife Marianna brought Franciscan monks from Westphalia to Szczecin, granting them land for the church and monastery of St John the Evangelist. At first, a wooden presbytery was built and then, in about 1325, it was replaced with a brick one. In the second half of the 14th Century the main three-nave body of the church was erected. The interior was polychrome-painted at the turn of the 16th Century and small fragments of the paintings are visible to this day. The church features a small ave-bell tower.
After Martin Luther initiated the Reformation the Franciscan monks left Szczecin in 1525, and the church was taken over by Protestants. In later times it served as a warehouse. In the 19th Century it was on the brink of collapse and was closed and the monastery buildings were demolished in 1856. In the interwar period, due to its high architectural quality, its foundations were reinforced and the pillars were tied with steel bars. In 1957, reconstructed after the War, the church was handed over to the Pallottines. The church’s unique features include a seven-sided apse and the recently-discovered earlier five-sided apse, and in the interior the already-mentioned paintings from the early 16th Century, the chancel arch with figural buttresses and also the tombstones of Henricius and Gertruda Rabenstorp from 1378 and of Beningna Schenings from 1676. Between 1982 and 1985 a residential and ministerial complex designed by Stanisław Latour was built here. In the spring of 1993 the “Stella Maris” club for seafarers was opened here.

 

 

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