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25/01/2013

Chapel of the Boim family


Chapel of the Boim family

Chapel of the Boim family is incredible architectural monument of XVII century.

It is very special. Before this building all the glory and the icons of the cathedrals were hidden on the inside. This building brought all that to the outside, to the facade. The interior is fascinating too: a great number of figures, paintings, caissons on the dome, epitaphs – all made of stone.

First this territory belonged to the city cemetery. The building was started by George Boim, a merchant in Lvov originated from Hungary. His son, Pavlo-Gerge, finished the construction. The burial vault rests 14 members of the Boim family souls.

The façade wall was covered in stone carvings and resembled volumetric iconostasis. On the upper level you may notice the bas-reliefs, the figures of Apostles Petro and Pavlo, the columns covered in filigree carvings. Fresco portraits, Geogge Boim and his wife Yandviga in particular, are made by Italian sculptor Yan Dzioni. The oil paintings of the members of the family are made by artist from Lvov Matvei Domaratskiy.

The figure of Sorrowful Christ is the crowning achievement of the dome. There is also an inscription under it: “Passerby, stop and think why your sufferings are bigger than mine”.

The Chapel of the Boim family is open for visitors only in summer.

Address: Katedralna Square 1

Hours: 10am-5pm (except Monday)
 

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