The Black House
This magnificent building was called so due to the black colour of the faсade, that has darkened because of the influence of atmospheric precipitation and soot (that had oxidized because of exposure to air and light).
It was designed by Italian architects Pietro Barbone and Paolo Dominici Romanus at the end of the 16th century. They decorated the facade of the house with unusual for Lviv "diamond rustication". The well-known and influential citizen Jan Lorencowicz opened here one of the first pharmacies in Lviv. The house was given as a dowry to his granddaughter Regina, who married Martin Anchevsky, the doctor and secretary of King Jan III Sobieski. He was the one who decorated the facade of the house with the sculpture of his patron – St. Martin.
Next to it, we can see the statue of St. Stanislaus Kostka from Lviv, and above the entrance to the building – the Mother of God statue. Today this house is a branch of the Lviv Historical Museum.
Author Ihor Lylo
Translated by A. Kushch