St. Maximilian Kolbe Church


Design: Bożena and Janusz Włodarczyk, construction: Jerzy Manjura, 1988. Realized in the years 1988–1996, dedicated on December 22, 1996. The builder was Fr. Benedykt Borkowy, pastor of the parish erected in 1984.

The silhouette of the church is made of two blocks joined in the roof part by a luminous connector. The whole is dominated by a triangular gable above the chancel, with a large round window. This high, cross-topped gable took over as a tower. On the west side there is an openwork belfry, which does not compete with the height of the church body. Its outer walls are covered with a wide eaves and arcades. The triangular contours of the bipartite roof, which make up the silhouette of the entire temple, are softened by the repetitive form of the arch that dominates the ground floor: the walls are arched, the frames of the windows and the passages are arched.

The interior of the temple attracts attention with a restrained interior. Light wood and light brick dominate, the image of St. Maximilian Kolbe above the altar, slightly outlined, just emerging from the background.

The image of the patron and the stations of the Way of the Cross, placed in the center of the plane of the windows, are the work of Stanisław Kluski, a native of Tychy, a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. The artist reached for gold, introduced in the form of crosses to the background of the scenes of the Way of the Cross; golden accents complete the figurative scenes of the subsequent stations, sparing in drawing.

The church is considered one of the most interesting objects of new sacred architecture in Poland.

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