Church of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a seat of Roman Catholic parish. The oldest church was presumably built in Krzeszów at the same location in the 1400s. Construction of the present church was initiated in 1727. The building was damaged during war-time operations in 1914. It was repaired and renovated in 1920.
Established in 2006, the Association of Krzeszów Region Devotees “Rotunda”, aimed to restore the parish church. The works were completed in 2018.
The Baroque church is a three-nave structure. In the chancel we can see a wooden high altar with a painting of Our Lady of Krzeszów and the Child.
The altars in the transept are devoted to Transfiguration of Our Lord (a sliding cover features a representation of the Immaculate Virgin Mary), as well as St. Anne, St. John of Nepomuk, and Jesus on the Cross. In the main nave there are altars for Anthony of Padua, St. Nicholas, St. Ambrose, and the Holy Mother from Peregrinatio.
Next to the church we can see a wooden shrine from 1905 with inscription „In memory of the bones kept here – 1824”, a wooden belfry from 1898 and the cemetery.
During the First World War the battlefront stopped along the River San in 1914. As a result of an artillery assault, Krzeszów lost 80% of its buildings, including the Uniate and Orthodox tserkva, remnants of a fortified manor house on Rotunda hill, as well as granaries. A literary picture of the destruction was written by the poet and soldier of the Legiony Kazimierz Wierzyński in his poem Krzeszów from the volume Wielka Niedźwiedzica (Ursa Major) (1923).
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