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Saint Nicholas Church
Saint Nicholas Church
Gąsawa is located in Poland
Coordinates: 52°46′N 17°45′E / 52.767°N 17.750°E / 52.767; 17.750
Country Poland
 • Total1,400

Gąsawa [ɡɔ̃ˈsava] (German: Gonsawa, 1939–1945 Gerlingen) is a village in Żnin County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in north-central Poland. It is the seat of the gmina (administrative district) called Gmina Gąsawa. It lies approximately 10 kilometres (6 mi) south of Żnin and 43 km (27 mi) south-west of Bydgoszcz. The village has a population of 1,400.

Gąsawa received the city rights in 1388 and lost them in 1934.

It is famous as the place of the assassination of Leszek I the White, prince of Poland (November 23, 1227).

In 1600 Gąsawa hosted the Lubrański Academy (Polish: Kolegium Lubrańskiego) which temporarily moved out of plague-stricken Poznań.

The main tourist attraction in Gąsawa is the 17th century wooden St. Nicolas Church with a unique collection of multi-layered mural paintings, the earliest from the 17th century, and the most recent from 1807.[1]

The church itself, a larch construction with a slate roof, was in such a bad state around 1850 that local officials asked the regional Prussian government to allow the church to be dismantled and build a new one instead. The response gave permission to only overhaul the building. Existing wall paintings were covered with a layer of reed and ordinary plaster, and forgotten for some 150 years.[2][3]

The town name was spelled "Gonzawa" "Gonsawa", "Gassawa", etc. in some old documents.[4]



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Iconographic Baroque mural paintings in a wooden church accessed 3 July 2007
  2. ^ [1] Saint Nicolas' Church in Gasawa. accessed 7 July 2007
  3. ^ [2] Monuments of Sacred Architecture, Żnin county official website accessed 7 July 2007
  4. ^ Wuttke, Heinrich (1 January 1864). "Codex diplomaticus magni ducatus Posnaniensis". Fries – via Google Books.

Coordinates: 52°46′N 17°45′E / 52.767°N 17.750°E / 52.767; 17.750

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