in Nagyszekeres:   Sight

The church of the village was first mentioned in 1215, but the area has been inhabited since 1181. The Transylvanian bishop gave permission to the Szekeresi family to hold masses in the church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to many experts the present-day church dates back to this period. The building work was finished by the end of the 14th century, as the members of the Rozsályi Kun family were buried in the church from 1402. The settlement was destroyed and burnt down by the Mongols, those who escaped to the church were killed. According to an inscription on the northern wall of the rebuilt church ”the pagan Mongols brought destruction, peril, burning and pillage into this place bringing down God’s wrath on themselves in the last week of August 1717. This was recorded by István Gödöley, the priest of Nagy-Szekeres and Zsarolya, who wishes: let there be peace in the house of God.” Another inscription on a bench describes the restoration process: ”The upper and inner parts of the house of God were built and decorated in 1771 with the help of the congregation”. The remains of the reticular vault in the former sanctuary reflect the original state. The pulpit was built in 1773, the gallery - in 1738. In the southern side of the church, in the nave and in the sanctuary there are original Gothic windows and at the southern entrance the original Gothic stone door frame with beads has also been preserved. The eastern end of the sanctuary is decorated with a funnel-shaped round window, while in the middle of the vault next to it you can see a semicircular Renaissance ciborium with a shell-like decoration. The church is connected to the 16 m high skirted belfry with four small towers by a small roof; its 100 kg bell was made in 1802.

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