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The Chapel of Boim family in Lviv

Boim Chapel in LvivThe Chapel of Boim family in Lviv is a famous architectural monument of the city. It was built in the years 1609-1617 (in another version in the years 1609-1615) and served as a tomb for the Boim, the famous merchant family.

Initially the territory of the present chapel belonged to the city cemetery. Lviv merchant and moneylender of Hungarian origin began the construction of a crypt for his family, but could not finish it. The construction of the chapel was finished by his son, Paul George.

The Chapel of Boim family in LvivChapel of Boim is a unique work of art: one wall that faces the Latin cathedral is decorated with complicated carvings, on the facade on the east side there remained remarkably well-carved portraits of George Boim and Jadwiga, his wife. The facade of the western wall is completely covered with amazingly beautiful stone carving. But the thing of the greatest artistic value is "Pieta", a group of sculptures, made by Y. Pfister in the XVII century.

The interior of the chapel is decorated with carved plaster, and the architectural work itself resembles Sigismund Chapel, located in Krakow near Wawel Cathedral.

As the chapel was a crypt for the Boim family, all members of this family were buried there. The only exception is Michal Boim, one of six sons of Paul George. After he became a Jesuit Boim Chapel. Lvivmissionary, he went to find Zhu Yulana, the last of the emperors of the famous Ming Dynasty, in order to give him an answer of Pope Alexander VII to the request to help the Chinese in the struggle against the Manchu invaders. Carrying out his mission, Michal Boim died in the jungle on the Vietnam-China border in 1659.

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