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Known for his lavish lifestyle and ability to get on officials’ nerves, Potocki is credited with being the driving force behind some of Ukraine’s most enduring architectural marvels of the 18th century.

Many of the works Potocki sponsored are found in his native Buchach and nearby towns. Along with channeling major funds into building the Basilian Monastery, which welcomed seminarians from all over Europe, other jewels were the town hall and the imposing Church of St. Pokrova. He also financed the work of the enigmatic sculptor Ioann Pinzel, who carved many statues for area churches and constructed a number of monuments in Buchach.

Despite his philanthropy, Potocki was often condemned by the authorities. “A woman for me is better than food,” he once said at a gathering where religious figures were present, noted Borys Voznytsky, the director of Lviv Art Gallery.

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