Dominicana Church by Evelina Kremsdorf

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Lvov, Ukraine

Used to serve as a Museum of Atheism in Soviet times. Now it’s back to its original meaning. Karma!!! :-)

Brief history

In 1749 Józef Potocki laid the corner-stone for the present day Baroque church, commonly attributed to Jan de Witte. The church was consecrated in 1764 by the Latin archbishop of Lviv Wacław Hieronim Sierakowski. The Dominicans managed to safely survive through the reign of the Austrian emperor Joseph II, who closed many other monasteries. In 1865 a neo-baroque bell tower was added to the complex. In the years 1885-1914 a controversial renovation of the facade and interior was carried out.

After World War II the complex was occupied by soviets, used as warehouse and in the 1970s changed into a museum of religion and atheism. With the collapse of the soviet union the church was given to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and now serves as a parish church, the monastery however has not been returned yet and still serves as a museum (renamed as the museum of religion).

The church resembles the church of St. Charles Borromeus in Vienna. It’s built on the plan of the Greek Cross inscribed in an ellipsoid and topped with a monumental dome.

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  • andreisky
    andreiskyalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful photo and treatment!

  • Thank you! :) Eto tebe ne Saltovka! :)))

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 6 years ago

    klassno, Lvov viglyadet prekrasno

  • Lvov budet vyglyadet’ esche prekrasnee posle moei sleduyuschei poezdki! :)))

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic and treatment…..Well done.

  • Thanks so much John!!! :)

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Oh, Luda … what an amazing building … glorious architectural detailing!! I LOVE your post processing … gorgeous color and texture!!!

  • Lois… It’s Lina! :)) Remember me? :))))))))))) Luda is in Boston today :)
    One of the proofs that my city was never a part of Russia :)) It has Latin writing all over it. And if you saw the inside… it’s to die for!!!

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • Delany Dean
    Delany Deanover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Hi Delany! Thanks so much! Appreciate your comment!

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful image made all that more potent with your detailed text. Thank you for sharing this story of a beautiful enduring religious structure.

  • Hi there! It was my pleasure!!! I grew up in this great city so it makes me very happy people appreciate its beauty!

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • Detlef Becher
    Detlef Becherover 5 years ago

    Great architecture, very beautiful building of historical relevance! It was a lot to read, but very interesting ;)

  • hehe :)) I tried to make it as brief as possible! :) Glad you liked it! You should visit it! It’s a treat for a photographer! And it’s much closer to you than to me :(

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture. Love the treatment!

  • Thanks! I actually shot it with my point and shoot camera when I visited last September. Too bad I didn’t have my new camera back then… But I’m going there next year so lots more pictures are coming!

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • Dean Mucha
    Dean Muchaover 5 years ago

    Wonderful work. Love the coloring

  • Thank you so much!!!
    So sorry for the delayed response…

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

  • spotashnyk
    spotashnykover 5 years ago

  • thank you

    – Evelina Kremsdorf

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