Church of St Mary on Piasek in Wroclaw

 

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Piasek Island (Wyspa Piasek), literally translated Sand Island, has been a religious centre since the 12th century and is dominated by the Church of St Mary on Piasek. The church was constructed for canons regular in the second half of the 14th century on the site of a 12th century Romanesque building whose tympanum is built into the wall over the sacristy in the south aisle.

The rather forbidding bulk of the Church of St Mary on Piasek (Kosciol NMP na Piasku) dominates Piasek Island. The Church of St Mary suffered extensive damage in World War II, but some impressive features survive. The asymmetrical tripartite rib vaulting over the aisles is unusual. The church also houses a fine collection of Gothic altars brought here from other churches in Silesia.



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