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Bernardine Church and Monastery (Lviv)

Bernardine Church and Monastery (Lviv)

Bernardine Church and Monastery is one of the largest and most ornate religious buildings in Lviv. History of the complex begin in the 15th century, when first wooden Order of Bernardine Church was first built here.

 

 

Location: Soborna Square, 1

 

 

 

Description of Bernardine Church and Monastery

Bernardine Church and Monastery (Lviv)

In the 17th century a renovation project gave Bernardine Church and Monastery its present appearance following a design of monk Bernard Avelides. A church of Saint Andrew and new living quarters for the monks were added to the complex. The whole monastic community was surrounded by powerful monastery walls with battlements and deep defensive moat around the perimeter. At the same time 38 meter high tower was constructed and in 1753 it acquired its own clock. The facades of the church are decorated with coats of arms of Poland and Lithuania as well as statues of Roman Catholic saints.

 

Bernardine Church and Monastery played an important role in a life of Lviv and the whole Eastern Europe. In 1604 rich Polish noble woman Marina Mnishek married a runways monk Gregory Otrepev who claimed to be the prince Dmitry and a son of Ivan the Terrible. Real prince Dmitry was either killed or died by an accident during epileptic seizure in Uglich. However this false Dmitry unleashed a major Civil War in Russia with help and backing of the Polish Crown. Later in 1648 monks in Bernardine Monastery managed to repulse the attack of the Cossacks of Bogdan Khmelnitsky during the Siege of Lviv. This military victory was honored by construction of the columns topped by a figure of Saint John the Dukla. Today Bernardine Church belongs to the Greek Catholic Church, while Bernardine Monastery belongs to the Lviv State Historical Archive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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