The Church of John the Baptist in Lviv
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The Church of John the Baptist

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The Church of John the Baptist in Lviv

Church of St. John the Baptist - is one of the oldest architectural monument of Lviv. The temple was built in 1250 by Prince Lev Danilovich for his wife Constance, daughter of Hungarian king Bela IV. According to archive data church appeared not before the middle of XIV century. Studies have shown, under layers of plaster Gothic, so-called Phillips masonry, characteristic of the XIV-XV centuries. Church for many years belonged to the Catholic Order of Dominican Friars, then the Armenians, uniatam. The architecture of the building was not one time change transformations. In the XVII-XVIII century it was attached to the side chapels, which gave the plan a cross shape. In 1800 a fire occurred, and until 1836 the temple was empty. In 1887, a new restoration was carried out, the architect Julian Zakharevitch gave the neo-Romanesque temple. Compound surrounded by brick wall with a three-arch belfry. In our time in the church of John the Baptist houses the Museum of the oldest monuments in Lviv. The establishment of the Museum was taken on the basis of archaeological research, in which it was found that this place lived Slavic settlement long before the foundation of Lviv. Among the exhibits are archaeological finds, samples of fine art, religious relics and historical documents that give an idea of culture, crafts and daily life of the population during the establishment and development of Lviv. The most valuable item in the museum is the icon of the mid XIV century «Lviv Lady».

The Church of John the Baptist

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