Vul. Bandery, 08 – Organ Music Hall (St. Mary Magdalene Church)

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St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church (presently the Organ Music Hall). The church was constructed on an elevation far from the Lviv center, in the district of the former southwestern suburb. The side façade faces Shashkevycha Square, while on the north a block of the former Dominican Monastery cells has been built onto the church. The church’s 300-year old construction chronology includes several periods: of 1609-1612 (construction of the western part of the church by the architect M. Hodny), 1630-1635, 1758 (adding a nave and the towers by the architect M. Urbanik), 1880 (stairway with a terrace), 1889 (domes over the towers by the architect J. Zachariewicz) and 1929 (cells reconstruction). The architecture of the church includes late Renaissance, Baroque and Revival features.

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The church is built from stone, has three naves, a multifaceted apse, an elongated altar section (the oldest part of the building) adorned with a profiled frieze with rustication, and windows in deep niches.  

The eighteenth century part of the building has a two-tiered composition of the side façade. The main façade with the entrance portal in the center is flanked with two towers. The church has cross-shaped vaulted ceilings and a high gable roof with an roof spire along its axis. The towers are decorated with pilasters and topped off with Baroque domes (addition of 1889). The sculptures of saints (dating to the middle of the eighteenth century, by the sculptor S. Fesinger) stand between the towers and the pediment.

A stucco altar (the work of A. Kelar of 1634) and an altar carved from alabaster (by J. Reicher-Todt, 1926) are set up in the church. The murals of the altar part (dating to the 1930’s) and the organ (made in 1932) have been preserved.

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The entry was developed within the project "Galiciana", 2001-2002

Material compiled by Ihor Zhuk

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