Keywords: Józef Pius Dziekoński

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Norbert Mojżyn

“Countryside Cathedrals”? Communicating Meanings Through the Sacred Architecture of J.P. Dziekoński in the Diocese of Łomża within Its Current Borders. Part I

Cite: Norbert Mojżyn , „Wiejskie katedry”? Komunikowanie znaczeń w architekturze sakralnej J. P. Dziekońskiego na terenie diecezji łomżyńskiej w jej obecnych granicach. Cz. I., "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2017( 31) nr 4, s. 93-103.

In this article, the figure of a Warsaw architect, today slightly forgotten, Józef Pius Dziekoński is being discussed, with the occasion for this being in 2017 the 90th anniversary of his death. The decision on discussing the design works of Dziekoński which were developed in the territory of the Diocese of Łomża was influenced by two reasons: 1) this architecture has not been adequately researched in terms of its capacity to communicate messages; 2) there is no comprehensive study describing all Dziekoński’s churches in the territory of today’s Diocese of Łomża. The main aim of this paper is to present the historical background and the ideological program (communicating messages) which informed the Vistula-Baltic style building designs evident in the religious buildings of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. The monumental character of these buildings is their distinctive feature which in the professional literature earned them a nickname of “countryside cathedrals”.

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