Cloisters and Fortifications
Lviv have been for a long time under threat of attack from different sidesand therefore, especially in the Middle Ages, various fortifications were built here. Some monasteries were not only a center of spiritual life, but also an important element of the city.
The Bernardine Monastery (now the Greek Catholic Church of St. Andrew) is an impressive monument in the Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque styles dating to1600-1630s. This is a fortified medieval monastery.
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.
Church of St. Lazarus is built on a hill with monastery and hospital in the first half of the XVII century, surrounded with massive walls.
The Monastery Complex of the Discalced Carmelites at 22 Vynnychenka Street, today the Greek Catholic Monastery of the Studite Order and Church of the Archangel Michael, is a religious building of the 17-19th centuries designed in the Baroque style with elements of Classicism.
City Arsenal is the fortification of XVI centuary, Now in Ukraine is the only museum of weapons.
The Gunpowder Tower built in 1554-1556 (4 Pidvalna Street) is the only monument of fortification construction in Lviv that has been preserved till now.