The Boim Chapel is one of the most important architectural gems of Lviv. Its construction began in 1609 on order of the rich merchant Yurii (George) Boim and lasted until 1615.
Such artists as Andreas Bemer, Georg Scholz and Jan Pfister decorated the exterior and interior. The most decorated external wall was the western wall of the chapel, decorated with compositions of the Passion of the Christ, sculptures of St. Peter and Paul and medallions showing evangelists.
The figure of the grieving Christ on the top of the dome impresses the travelers the most. The Boim family left its noticeable mark in the history of Lviv. They hold the positions of town councillors, while the grandson of Yurii Boim Mykhailo held the post of official ambassador of the Vatican in China after graduating from the best educational institutions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
He left us interesting descriptions of nature, medicine and geography of the Celestial Empire.
Author Ihor Lylo
Translated by A. Kushch