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Church of the Jesuits, Lviv

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The Jesuit Church in Lviv is dedicated to Sts. Peter and Paul. When constructed in the 1610 and 1620s, it was one of the largest churches in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Sebastian Lachmius, a monk, based his design for the church on that of Il Gesu in Rome. His designs were modified by a professional Italian architect, Jacopo Briano, in 1618–1621.A curious addition to the original design was the 80-meter clocktower on the south side which used to be the tallest building in Galicia. The upper part of this early 18th-century tower was demolished in 1830.In 1740, the vaults were frescoed by the Eckstein brothers from Brno. The paintings were greatly damaged during the Soviet period, when the church was used as a storage facility and suffered relative neglect.
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  • Monumental, thoroughly imbued with history. The Church is very beautiful on the outside but more restrained. Inside, the true gem with an abundance of frescoes, stucco. The Church which operates. Traces of the ongoing repairs, but it doesn't interfere. When visiting the Church consider the masses. Because excursion-tourist visit which could interfere with the laity during mass are prohibited.
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  • Very old and beautiful church. It was demolished when communists ruled the country and now it is on permanent renovation.  more »
  • It is located in Liberty Avenue, West of the old town near the Church. I found I had to walk. Interior is almost no tourists, was quiet.
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