The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church is a part of the parish buildings’ complex. Its construction began in 1957 and it was consecrated in 1966, as a part of the Poland baptism’s millennium celebrations. The construction of the church tower was completed in 1981.
The body of the church is compact and squat. However, the lesenes in its façade give it a soaring character, which is additionally emphasized by the building’s slender tower.
The tower consists of three construction elements in the form of three pillars, which define its shape. They are connected by cross beams. Inside the tower, there are stairs which you can see from the outside. At the top, there is a bell and it is crowned with a soaring spire.
The openwork superstructure – the lantern which provides additional light for the chancel – in the church body’s dominant element. The building has a bright, plain pitted plaster cladding – a thick-layered plaster with gravel. Its surface is scraped after it hardens a little, which results in a very lumpy texture. The building’s lower part also draws attention. It is covered with natural sea stones – the so called pebbles. On the ground floor, we can see a sea-themed ceramic mosaic. The church has a tall, symmetrical three-fold door.
The interior has a minimalist décor – bright walls, wooden windows and door frames, grey and dark grey terrazzo floors. On the outside, the mosaic motif is also present on the columns covered with a ceramic tile mosaic in many shades of blue. The wall behind the altar is covered with large format mosaics by Bogumił Marszal. The central part presents Christ and he Apostles catching fish. In the church, there is the Chapel of the Dockers, Shipyard Workers and Sea Men.
The light which got into the interior was coloured by geometrical stained glass – warm, red on the left and cool, blue on the right. Right under the vault, on the side walls, there were smaller, triangular yellow stained glass windows. What is more, the triangles are a reference to the shape of the vault, where the motifs of triangle and rhombus are repeated.
The church and the complex of the buildings which surround it have a very modern form and it is a very distinctive element of the city centre’s panorama.