Vul. Pekarska, 57 – former Resurrectionist Congregation monastery with a seminarium building

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The Resurrectionist monastery building with the former seminary building was built in 1886-1896 under a project designed by architect Albin Zagórski on the basis of previous buildings which belonged to the Franciscan monks. In 2014, the buildings were owned by the UOC (MP).


A plot, which previously belonged to the Franciscan sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament, was purchased for the Congregation of the Resurrectionist Fathers in October of 1880, due to priest Walerian Kalinka’s efforts. There were some buildings there which were used for the needs of the monastery from 1874. They were located in the depth of the area, only one wing standing where the western part of the Resurrectionist monastery would be eventually erected. The development of the monastery (including the demolition of most previous structures) started only after the construction of the "Ruthenian boarding school" and after the death of father Walerian Kalinka (1886), whose purpose of life was familiarizing Ukrainian (Ruthenian) boys with the Western Christianity. The plan of the monastery construction was elaborated by Albin Zagórski in 1886. One floor was added to the old monastery building in 1888. By 1896 there was already a monastery building in its present form. The building of the seminary (opened in 1890) stood separately at that time, attached to the northern part of the church building.

Plans for the reconstruction of the monastery and seminary were developed by architect Artur Adolf in 1927. However, due to financial difficulties, the construction began only in 1931. It was then that the old seminary building was completely dismantled. New projects were submitted by five Lviv architects simultaneously. A project designed by Wawrzyniec Dayczak was selected for realization which provided a complete reconstruction of the monastery and seminary buildings. However, only a new building of the seminary was built (the construction works were led by Józef Dromirecki), the monastery building remained unchanged. The Archdiocesal Latin seminary was located in these premises in 1939-1941.

After the Resurrectionist monks left for Poland in 1945, the former monastery buildings were transferred to the Soviet military. In 2013, according to the order of the Head of the Lviv Regional State Administration, these buildings were moved from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defence to the management of the mentioned Administration for the subsequent transmission to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).

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The complex of the former Resurrectionist (Zmartwychwstańców) monastery buildings includes the building of the former monastic cells (rectangular and elongated along Pekarska street) and the former seminary building adjacent to the monastic building from the north and encircling the church building from the west and north. The monastic building has three parts, built at different times during the last quarter of the 19th c. This is a two-storied building where the corridor planning system was used; the façade overlooking Pekarska street has 12 axes. The two volumes of the building have five axes each, while the third volume, adjacent to the church, has two axes. Distinct features of the Neo-Renaissance style can be seen in the building exterior design. The lower tier is accentuated by rustication and is separated from the upper one by a wide bar between the floors. The longer volumes are delineated on the sides by profiled projections, accentuated by the verticals of rusticated lesenes. The rectangular windows have no trimming in the lower tier and triangular pediments with keystones above the recessed profiles of the upper tier window niches. The rear northern façade has 11 window axes. The double-pitch roof has lucarnes and is covered with tin.

The second part of the complex is the former seminary building which has no clearly defined style attributes. It was constructed in the 1930s and has an L-shaped plan configuration. The two-storied building has a corridor planning system with one-sided location of rooms. The entrance, underlined by a profile, is arranged in the west wing. The staircase axis is accentuated by a pediment over the entrance.  The rectangular windows have cornices underneath and no trimming. The roof is flat. Despite being constructed in different periods of time, the buildings form a single unity in their volumetric and planning structure.

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Albin Zagórski (1846-1910) – an architect who designed architectural projects in Lviv and other areas of Galicia.
Artur Adolf – an architect.
Wawrzyniec Dayczak (1882-1968) – an architect, teacher, and political figure.
Walerian Kalinka (1826-1886) – a historian, priest, and politician who advocated cultural and religious unity of Poles and Ruthenians.
Józef Dromirecki – an architect and constructor.


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Material compiled by Ihor Syomochkin