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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 Francis Eckstein and his son Sebastian 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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TripAdvisor
  • The church is very nice in itself but the undergrounds are the best place to visit. A lot of history of Lviv to learn there. Highly recommended :)  more »
  • Formerly known as Church of the Jesuits, this one has pretty entertaining undergrounds. The church is really beautiful also.  more »
  • This church is in need of restoration but is nevertheless a very beautiful church indeed. Great frescoes. I guess with so many churches, cathedrals and monasteries there is a limit to resources.  more »
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  • Beautiful historic church. One to visit.
  • This is a lovely, quiet place, even with crowds. It's still under renovation, with scaffolding over the front altar. In winter the sunlight coming through the windows makes a terrific photo.
  • A recently reopened church so full of history.
  • Awesome!
  • Like this peaceful place.