Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary

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7-9 Virmenska Street (Armenian Street), Lviv, Ukraine

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Architectural Gems Oct 02, 2017
We managed to pay a visit to the Armenian Cathedral Complex that consists of the Armenian Cathedral built between 1363 and 1527. The bell tower built between 1571 and 1862 is also known in this architectural complex and in the entire city.

The complex also includes the column with St. Christopher erected in 1722, the nunnery of Armenian Benedictines, a monument dating back to 1682, the building of the old Armenian bank dating back to the 18th century, the wooden carved Golgotha Chapel built in the 18th century.

The Armenian theme was used in inner ornamentation of the church, particularly in the unique murals, the exquisite mosaic of the dome and impressive murals in the Modern style.

The Armenian Cathedral is located in what was known before as Armenian Quarter. The city was divided into parts by ethnicity according to the Madgeburg Laws.

The cathedral is in Armenian Street ("vulytsia Virmens'ka" in Ukrainian). We entered the cathedral and admired its ancient murals, old sculptures and wonderful stained glass windows. The dome stained glad image is epecially impressive. It was assembled like a puzzle from the pieces of the broken stained glass window that suffered damage during the war. The courtyard looks great too. I was impressed by the statue of St.Christopher there.

The Armenian Cathedral can be called an architectural gem of Lviv. Its full name is Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It belongs to the Armenian Apostolic Church. It also belongs to UNESCO World Heritage list.

In the architecture of the Armenian Cathedral we can see:

- the traditional forms borrowed from Armenia and combined with Renaissance motives (look at the nave and the archway);

- Baroque elements (look at the sculpture on the exterior);

- Revival features (the facade from Krakivska Street).

If you enter the cathedral, you can see wonderful 14th and early 15th century murals that are preserved in the interior.

The cathedral courtyard looks very nice too.

This temple contains a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary from the Armenian Church in Kamianets-Podilsky and the icon of Gregory the Illuminator, the first patriarch of Armenia.

The Armenian cathedral was built in the northern part of old Lviv, in the Armenian section. It is the main component of the architectural ensemble of Virmenska Street (Armenian Street). Only in 2006 did the Armenian community of Lviv manage to reopen the church for divine liturgy.

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Ils1976 says:
interesting review!
Posted on: Apr 05, 2017
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