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Dominican Cathedral (Lviv)

Dominican Cathedral (Lviv)




Location: Muzeynaya Square 1

+38 (032) 720032




Description of Dominican Cathedral

Dominican Cathedral (Lviv)  Dominican Cathedral (Lviv)

Dominican Cathedral is a magnificent example of late Baroque architecture in Lviv. It was built due to donations made by Hetman (military leader) Jozef Potocki. Dominican Cathedral is actually a complex of religious buildings that includes the main Dominican Cathedral dedicated to Corpus Christi (Body of Christ), bell tower and a Dominican monastery. As you enter the church you can see an inscriptions that states "Soli Deo Honor et Glori" ("Only to Lord glory and honor"). Additionally you can see a symbol of the Dominican monastic order, dog on a Bible with a burning torch in its teeth. It is an allusion to the name of the order, since Dominican is actually made from two Latin words for God (Dominus) and dog (canis) or God's Dogs.
Upper galleries of the Dominican Cathedral contain 18 hand carved statues of various saints. The central altar of the church is decorated with four figures of apostles (Peter, Paul, Luke) and Saint John the Baptist. Magnificent organ of the Dominican Cathedral is commonly used during service as well as various music performances.
In 1972 Dominican Cathedral was turned into a State Museum of Religion History. After the fall of Communism and USSR breakdown, it was returned to the Catholic Church. Museum collection is still here, but it was moved to a Dominican Monastery adjacent to the main building of the church.




The first Roman Catholic Dominican monastery and cathedral was built in Lviv in 1370–1375 according to the design of Nikolai Chekh.

In 1749, at the same place, the foundation was laid for the new Roman Catholic Dominican Cathedral, designed by the engineer and architect Jan de Witte, a talented fortifier, commandant of the Polish fortress in Kamenetz-Podolsky. The funds for the construction of the church were allocated by the Polish great hetman crown Joseph Jozef Potocki. The construction was led by Martin Urbanik, from 1764 - Krzysztof Muradovich, and S. Fessinger finished the facade. In 1865, according to the project of the architect Julian Zakharevich, a four-tier bell tower, stylized in the Baroque style, was added to the church. In 1895 the dome was rebuilt, in 1905-1914 the interior of the temple was restored. In 1956-1958, new restoration work was carried out (architect Ivan Bazarnik).

The Dominican Cathedral contains an alabaster statue of the Virgin Mary of St. Jacek, which missionary Jacek Odrovonge brought from Kiev to Galich, and then she went to Lviv.

In 1559, in the Dominican monastery, Halshka of Ostrog was hiding, the heiress of the great fortune of the tycoons of the princes of Ostrog, who was tricked into taking by Polish governor Luka from Gurka as a wife. Halshka’s husband besieged the monastery, and then shut off the water supply, after which the Dominicans surrendered and issued Halshka.

In the building of the Dominican monastery in 1707, an agreement was signed on an alliance between Russia and the Commonwealth in the war against Sweden. The cell building is also stone, rectangular in plan with a corridor planning system, three-story, with vaulted ceilings. The monastery has two courtyards. In Soviet times, since 1972, the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism was located in the complex of the Dominican monastery.




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