Transfers Lviv - Warsaw - Lviv
1, Muzeina Square
Museum of the History of Religion
Having walked down Virmenska Street up to Muzeina (Museum) Square you will find yourself in front of one the largest and the most impressive edifices in the Baroque style, the Dominican Cathedral. Built in the 15th century in the Gothic style, it preserved its appearance until 1745, when it was redecorated by the architect and Governor of the Kamianets-Podilsky fortress, Jan de Vitte. The walls of the church remember Russian Emperor Peter I signing the 1707 agreement with Poland to create the alliance against Sweden. The facade was decorated in 1792-1798 by Clement Fesinger.
The cathedral resembles St. Carl Bartholomew's church in Vienna. The interior is decorated with sculptures by S. Fesinger. The altar part was designed by M. Poleyovsky. It is hard not to notice the tombstone of Yu. Dunin-Borkovska by B. Torwaldsen (1816), as well as the monument to Halychyna Governor F. Gauger, by A. Schimzer, and the monument to A. Grotger, by V. Hadomsky (1880).
The Soviet authorities found another, more "innovative" use for the Dominican cathedral and monastery by turning it into the Museum of Atheism and Religion. Children from Lviv and its outskirts were brought to the Museum to be shown the "frightening" side of religion, thus implanting in their minds the ideas of atheism. For many years the Foucault's pendulum was hanging down from the church's dome. Yet, since the Museum contained a collection of the best examples of the sacral art, it helped to preserve the masterpieces from being sold or destroyed. Today, tourists can see the exhibition of items of worship displayed in the vaults of the Dominican cathedral and listen to a concert of organ music.