Lviv temples and monasteries
The Lion City became a house for many religions. For centuries Orthodox lived in harmony with Catholics and Greek-Catholics got along with Jews.
There is hardly any architectural style you can’t study by close examination of Lviv’s temples. In the Middle Ages there were centers of organ music and organ construction, which Lviv was famous for together with such cities as Krakow, Warsaw and Vilnius. You should study the heritage of the Lion City from princely times to the modern period.
St. George Cathedral
- 5 St. Yura Sq.
A masterpiece of the Ukrainian baroque, it was built in place if a 14th century temple by efforts of metropolitan A. Sheptytsky. It is considered to be a symbol of unity of two branches of Christianity – Orthodox and Catholic, since Western Ukraine is the motherland of the Greek-Catholic church founded in the 16th century. The most precious relic of the temple is a miracle icon of the Mother of God (the 17th century). The front of the cathedral is decorated with the figures of saints made by Johan Pinsel, a Lviv sculptor. He is well-known in Europe as the inventor of an original sculpture technique, therefore he is called Lviv’s Michelangelo.
Latin Metropolitan Cathedral (1360-1480)
- 1 Cafedralna Sq.
The forms of the cathedral are strict and majestic. They make a harmonious combination of the elements of Gothic and Baroque styles. Polish king Kazimierz the Great laid the corner stone of the Roman-Catholic church. At the end of the 19th century a stained-glass window that completed the interior of the temple was made according to the design of Ya. Mateiko, Yu.Mehoffer and T.Aksentovych. It now hosts the Lviv Cathedra of the Latin rite.
St. Nicolas Church (1264-1340)
- 28 Bohdan Khmelnytsky St.
The church was built as a burial-vault of Galicia princes and is one of the oldest architectural monuments of the city.
The buildings of Bernardians monastery complex
- 1-3 Soborna Sq.
The complex unites Bernardian St Andrew’s Roman-Catholic church (1600-1630), monastery buildings, belfries, rotunda over the well surrounded by defensive wall and a decorative column. Here everything reminds of charitable medieval monks who always took care of traveler: giving them refuge, food and warmth.
Dominican monastery complex
- 1 Stavropihiyska St.
Dominican Roman-Catholic church designed by architect Ian de Vitte is a majestic Baroque construction, whose interior is decorated with 18 unique wooden craved figures of saints of the Dominican Order. The ensemble consists of a monastery (16-17th century) and a belfry. Now there is a museum of history of religions there. There is also an art-cultural Center “Dzyga” including a gallery of modern art, an acoustic concert hall, a saloon-shop and a recording studio. If you are lucky enough, you can become one of the participants of a creative action of the center, featuring Ukrainian and artists and those from numerous.
Uspenska Church Complex
- 7 Ruska St. – 9 Pidvalna St.
The Assumption Church of the Blessed Virgin (1591-1629), Korniakta Tower belonging to the most beautiful buildings in Europe and the Chapel of Three Baptists having examples of artistic perfection in Lviv Renaissance architecture skillfully combined with local traditions of building.
Armenian Cathedral (1360-1370)
- 7-13 Virmenska St.
The Armenians that settled down in Lviv in the 13th century founded there a cathedral uniting the traditions of the national Armenian and local architecture. Opposite the cathedral is a column with the figure of St. Christopher, with the palace of the Armenian archbishop next to it.