Church

 

 

The monastic church under the title of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul

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The original church dating back to the XIII century was destroyed by fire in 1710. The present monastic church, under the title of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul, as well as the Regional Sanctuary of the Passion of Christ (a work of the famous architect Kacper Bażanka) is made of stone and brick and is constructed in the form of the Latin cross and in the late baroque style.

The church has 7 altars carved of wood and covered with goldleaf. The main altar contains the Blessed Sacrament and holds the grace-famed picture of the Suffering Christ. The cupola above the main altar was constructed in the renaissance style like that of the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome.

The picture of the Good Shepherd (painted in the XVIII century) is located in the minor choir behind the main altar. The interior of the choir is illuminated by two side windows not visible from the nave of the church and this creates the impression of space and depth.

In the presbytery we find:

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The image of Christ Crucified,

The pictures of the Holy Apostles (patrons of the local church) situated at both sides of the main altar. The picture on the left side shows Christ presenting Saint Peter with the „authority of the keys”, the primacy of the Church. The picture on the right side shows Saint Paul preaching the Gospel at the foot of the „Ignoto Deo” (unknown god) altar in the Areopagus of Athens.

Under the lodge there are pictures of the Saints of the Norbertine Order - Saint Norbert preaching as the Archbishop of Magdeburg, Saint Rykver, Saint Herman-Joseph and Saint Oda.

 

Strona lewa - ołtarz Matki Bożej z Dzieciątkiem 

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On the left side of the presbytery we see:

The altar with the image of the Mother of God with the Child Jesus painted in the style of the Italian school of the XVII century. The painting is considered to be the most beautiful of all paintings in the local temple. At the sides of the altar there stand the statues of Saint Peter with the keys and Saint Paul with the sword.

The altar of Saint Norbert as he is receiving the Rule of the Order from the hands of Saint Augustin, and also the figures of Saint Matthew holding a book, and Saint Simon, called the Zealot, holding a ruler.

The altar of Saint Ann in the company of the Mother of God and the Child Jesus. At the sides of the altar there are statues of Saint Bartholomew, holding a butcher knife, and Saint James the Elder with an axe.

 

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On the right we see:

The altar of Saint Gertrude. The wood carvings represent Saint Andrew with the cross in the form of the letter X, and Saint Jude Thaddeus. Near this altar the nuns receive Holy Communion thru the opened grilled window.

The altar of Saint Cajetan with the statues of the Apostles Saint Philip with the cross and Saint James the Lesser with a club.

The altar of Saint Joseph depicting his dormition. At the sides of the altar are placed Saint John the Evangelist holding a chalice, and Saint Thomas with a lance.

 

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The great decorative work of baroque art belongs to the early and very good illusionary achievements of art. The paintings are of truly great artistic value. For example, looking at the vaulted ceiling begining with the minor choir we see in sequence the following:

Reproduction depicting the Holy Family,

On the background of heaven we see groups of saints in the clouds,

Further on in the ceiling of the presbytery we see the throne of the Lamb of the Apocalypse and smaller scenes from the lives of the Apostles - Saint Paul on the right side and Saint Peter on the left.

The adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Holy Father Norbert with the monstrance, Holy Father Augustin, Norbertine nuns, Angels.

 

On the vaulted wall over the monastery choir we see the martyrdom of the Norbertine nuns in the priory of Witow perpetrated by the Tatars in 1281. The action took place in the temple, which when viewed from different angles appears to follow the viewer. Such an artistic technique (quadrature) was first used in Poland exactly here in Imbramowice.

The center portion of the choir contains an XVIII century positive.

The church abounds in marble, from which have been constructed, among other things, the altar steps, the columns supporting the monastery choir, and the floor.

The interior of the church emanates light and grandeur. The creator of this atmosphere, a student of the Roman Academy of Saint Luke, Kacper Bażanka, can be proud of his accomplishment.