Steps to former Convent of the Benedictines Church, Lviv,Ukraine
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The Church and Convent of the Benedictines(today the Greek Catholic All Saints Church of the Convent of the Protection of the Holy Virgin) was built at the end of the 16th century. The nunnery complex at the foot of Castle Hill resembles a fortress.
The Benedictine Convent was founded by three sisters who were nuns, daughters of rich nobleman Adam Saporowski. The church was built at the end of the 16th century by the famous Lviv architect Paul of Rome in late Renaissance style. At the beginning of the 17th century the convent was rebuilt, thick walls separating it from secular life.
The edifice was surrounded by solid fortifications of complex configuration, in compliance with fortification requirements of the time. Crenellated walls, encircled by a deep moat, were reinforced with bastions. A good deal of the walls of the convent’s solid fortifications have survived.
The church walls are supported by strong buttresses. The upper tier of the belfry attached to the southern tower is adorned with carvings and completed with a beautiful attic. Purity of form of the belfry places this composition among the best Renaissance monuments in Lviv. Gallery arches are decorated with white stone; above these loom sculpture-filled niches.
From ancient Vicheva Square one passes through a tall Baroque gate into a wide courtyard with the church and convent complex.