Photographer's Note

Boim Chapel is probably one of the most precious structures in the Lviv’s old town. Since I visited Lviv with an organized tour I had a chance to listen to numerous anecdotes. From this chapel I just remember a fact that when the noble family who built the chapel invited a local bishop to consecrate the chapel and he refused to do it, they have... exchanged the bishop.

Lviv abounds in beautiful churches of many faiths. It was once like the rest of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth a very multinational and multicultural city. If you like sacral architecture you will love Lviv.

The chapel is relatively small and it was quite dark inside. I took the picture handheld with high ISO setting. You cannot see the details but may be you can get an idea about the richness of the architectural details.

Boim Chapel (Ukrainian: Капли́ця Боїмів, Polish: Kaplica Boimów) was built from 1609 to 1615 and is part of Lviv's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chapel was built on the territory of a contemporary urban cemetery near the Latin Cathedral. Lviv merchant Georgy Boim (born György Boym in Hungary) ordered and began the construction as a burial place for his family. His son, Pawel Boim, finished it. 14 members of the Boim family are buried in the chapel.
Andrzej Bemer is credited as the architect for the chapel. He followed a simplified diagram of the architecture of the Sigismund's Chapel at the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków with Italians' elements.
In the second half of the 18th century, the chapel was replaced by the Lviv cemetery as a burial place for the Boim family.

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