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Title of Product:

Prandocin- the St. John Baptist’s Church as an example of the XII Century Architecture

Country: Poland
Century: 1100 - The 12th Century
Topic: St. John Baptist’s Church in Prandocin
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Name of Author(s): Malgorzata Fugiel-Kuzminska
Name of Producer: Net periodic: „”
Language/s of Product: Polish
Target Group: General audience
Availability of community:
Objectives & Structure:
Aspects to consider:
- The website gives a vivid support via observations and instructions
- Reading out the plan of the church and the styles’ referred formulas and completing
- Plans of the churches, The Polish resemblances as regards the trends of the epoch
- Possibility of the course developing the ideas within a collective database
Description of contents:
The surroundings of Cracow possess numerous Roman Style monuments.
The St. John Baptist’s Church was funded most probably by the Comes Prandot about XII century. The most important traces were left after the epoch of Gothic. Then, there was set off the eastern apse, and in its place there was set in the bigger, bricked, gothic presbytery. From that period there also come partially preserved frescos on the eastern wall of the chorus. In the epoch of Baroque there was introduced a big Baroque altar, and there expanded porch and sacristy.
The church was built on the basis of the limestone’s cuts off, from which on the colour grounds there stands out the bricked presbytery. The temple evidences as a unique example of the double chorus formula (surprisingly similar shaped was in the case of the first church in Jedrzejow). That order was probably a reduction of the widely exposed scheme of the double chorus basilica (it is probable that it was the scheme of the Roman Style basilica on the Wawel) and it does not function outside of Poland. Till now there has preserved the western apse, and the remains of the eastern apse are hidden under the floor of the gothic presbytery.
The non typical space’s organization and the mastery of the architecture’s detail prove the fundation’s richness. The art historians find here some resemblance with the Nadrenian school (and with the Cathedral in Spira) and the Italian. In Poland we find the related architecture style’s details in the Collegiate in Opatow, in Tum by Leczyca, and in the crypt of the Wroclaw Cathedral.
From the western side, over the preserved- western apse there stands 8 sided set below and covered by a Baroqoue helmet tower. The tower was joined with the porch, through which one can enter the church. The primary, richly adorned by the plotted ornament and polichromy (its remains are in red, blue and green) portal with a flat tympanon was set on the southern wall. The external walls of the church were richly decorated- there are fund lizens, half- columns, on the western apse- the arcade fries. Small, primarily surely set in the slanting direction windows were broken through during the Baroque, however on the southern wall there preserved a trace of the window’s framing with the plotted decoration.
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: excellent
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: excellent
Quality of the evaluation tools: excellent
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
- The website offers a wide scope of thematic information
- Student get conscious about very inspiring solutions as regards the style’s compositions and practical correspondences
Evaluation Date: 01.09.2008.
Name of teacher: Michał Seroczyński
Name of School: CKU SOpot
Country: Poland
Subjects Taught: Fine Arts

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