Tour The City
Lviv has always been the heart and soul of Europe, a subject of special pride of Ukraine. In the city of Lviv was the site of important Church decrees. For the construction of temples nobles and kings spared no expense – their beauty and grandeur was a kind of iselenium patriotism. Almost all the temples of Lviv have survived preserved in a modified form. They reflect the complicated religious structure and religious community: 35,2% – Greek Catholics;
11,4% – the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church;
9,1% – Orthodox of the Kyiv Patriarchate;
6,5% – Roman Catholics.
In Lviv there is a Russian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church and a Protestant Church, Metropolitan Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, Jewish and Islamic organizations and others. Opened in Lviv the Ukrainian Catholic University has its own theological Seminary and the Kyiv Patriarchate. The city has more than hundreds of Christian churches.
Lviv sacral causes delight and admiration for the variety of its temples, which are hard to find in any other European city. In Lviv very large rasprostranenie faiths: Orthodox, Greek Catholic and Armenian Apostolic Church.
Lviv is the crossroads of civilizations, cultures and peoples — in particular German, Armenian and Jewish communities, respectively, almost next to each other are the churches of different Nations and denominations, mausoleums, medieval aristocrats-oligarchs, one of which has a unique image of Jesus in the gardener’s hat and sitting in front of the cross on the dome; the magnificent frescoes and stained glass divine. Some of the local monasteries even defended the lions as a fortress during enemy sieges. While in Lviv is almost impossible to get round the main temples. It is in the capital of Galicia is a unique Gothic Church in Ukraine, Dating back to the XIV century Latin Cathedral, impressive for its elegance and interiors. Only here, in Lviv you can visit the main Armenian Church in Ukraine built in 1363 and Archcathedral of St. George, which is the main Church of the Greek Catholic denomination. In the dungeons of St. George’s Church lie the remains of famous Ukrainian Church leaders. On St. George to venerate the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Terebovlia, written in the XVII century.
Absolutely correct observation to say that Lviv is the city, where are preserved the most interesting temple complexes.
A vivid example of this is the huge Church in Lviv Jesuit fathers, at the same time and became the first Shrine of Lviv, built in Baroque style. Interesting churches are the main Church of the Orthodox Church of the XVI – XVII century, where the future Metropolitan Peter graves began his priestly path assumption, and St. George.
The number and diversity of Lviv monasteries cannot fail to surprise. What you should look at the Dominican monastery and the Church of God of the Body, the stronghold of the Bernardine monastery, built in 1630, the Renaissance convent of Benedictine nuns, monastery of St. Onuphrius otsoa the Basilians, where were printed the first Russian books: “the acts of the apostles” and “the ABC book” by Ivan Fedorovich. A small trail was left in their shrines and the monastery of the Carmelite fathers and Carmelite sisters barefoot.
Tours in Lviv with a guide or independently, you should visit the Church of St. Andrew (belonging to the former monastery of the Bernardines), osleplennye legends and narratives; the Greek Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, which the servants of the fathers Trinitarians did a few hundred years ransom from the Muslim bondage of good Christians; Prince Nicholas Church near old Market, is rightfully considered to be the oldest temple of Lvov. The next attraction on the tour of the city will become the Church of St. Paraskevi Friday, a building which combines the Gothic and Baroque, bizarre intriguing architectural forms; the Church of St. Anthony of the Latin rite of the facade is decorated with sculptures by Sebastian Fesinger and the Church of St Anne.
One of the interesting new monument to Gothic architecture is the Church of St. Elizabeth, which was for decades the main temple of Lviv railway workers in the early twentieth century. Lviv surprised not only by cathedrals and religious theme broadened in sculpture, in particular the fountain with the figure of the virgin Mary on Liberty Avenue or Chapel of the Lviv patrician XVI-XVII centuries. After the end of the tour it is recommended to visit the Museum of the history of religion from the dungeon of the Dominican monastery, where, thanks to the collection of unique material covers a variety of religion and activity of religious organizations.
Worth attention is also the Museum of Church wooden sculpture of Georg-Johann Pintle, master of the Rococo of the eighteenth century called Lviv’s Michelangelo. And the icon Gallery-art.
For a more extended acquaintance with the temple heritage of the Lviv land it is possible to visit the Zhovkva, Krekhiv and Stradch in the monastery-fortresses, which are located near the city of Lviv.
During the tour around Lviv you can learn about the history of the temples, to explore the interiors, to hear about the miraculous icons, the features and iconography of architectural composition the temples.
On tour, talking about the most revered saints. religious celebrations and traditions, some monastic orders, who owned the buildings and on the common spiritual heritage of the residents of the city from princely times to the present times.
The price of the tour 80 UAH per person and the duration is for three hours.
Additional entrance paid to Latin Cathedra – 3 hryvnia, the Chapel of Boim – 15 UAH. The cost of excursions in Lviv museums – in the case of independent museums 50 UAH (on request).