Monday, May 8, 2017

Here a Church, there a Church, Everywhere an Orthodox Church

Whitsuntide Russo Greek Orthodox Church

I had to make a trip to the Edmonton airport this weekend...so of course I turned it into a trip to the airport with a side of exploring on the way home. Turns out everywhere I went, I found a church.
An Orthodox Church. 
Like 6 of them.....and that wasn't even going off main roads. Like shooting fish in a barrel. (What a weird saying). There was one in the town of Thorsby that I didn't stop at but below are 5 that my son and I took a closer look at. He even rang the bell at one of them...the best part of this 'boring adventure' he said. I am hoping he will appreciate this more later haha.   
Also saw a Lutheran Church, a Reformed Church, some barns and some abandoned farms. 

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church. Built in 1917.
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church with Bell Tower



St. Mary's Russian Greek Orthodox Church.

Land was consecrated at this location in 1898. Local families decided in 1900 to undertake the building of a church. The 2nd, current, building was completed in 1965.
St. Mary's Russian Greek Orthodox Church. Built in 1965. 


Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church.  Built in 1958

This replaced the original church built in 1927

St. Michaels was my favourite of the day, I had tried to see it once before in November 2016 but it wasn't accessible. It is part of a Ukrainian Orthodox Youth Camp, which I guess is why it looks like a miniature version of other Orthodox churches. It did not have the separate bell tower, typical in other Orthodox Churches. The size and the colour of the domes make this an interesting, beautiful little church.

I took a quick look see around the property. Besides the church I could see a few other buildings and a playground. It looked to me like it hadn't been open for many summers but I checked and yes, camp has been going on every summer....so if you're a 7-15 year old Ukrainian Orthodox kid who wants to go to camp in Central Alberta....they still have room. It's a lovely location on a lake. Kind of makes me wish I had gone to summer camp as a kid.

St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Orthodox Church

St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Orthodox Church 

Another view of Whitsuntide, the bell tower is just out of view.








14 comments:

  1. I have seen all of these except for St. Michael. This is now on my list. All of them are photogenic, St. Michael is more so.

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    1. I agree about St. Michael's.

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    2. I agree about St. Michael's as well (but they're all beautiful). I must tray to get up there sooner rather than later.

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    3. Lots to see!! We can trade places..I want to explore in your area!

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  2. Loved all the pictures, but St. Michael is my favorite. The separate bell tower still is a bit startling to me as I have never seen one here in the states.

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  3. Thanks Vicki! I hadn't ever seen one of these types of churches and bell towers until going north of where I live. I find them very interesting!

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  4. Big fan of old churches, and of all the church types out there, the Orothodox style is a favourite.

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    1. Totally agree Chris! So neat to see these as I explore more!

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  5. I think I recognize two of them... Excellent photography.

    It is refreshing to see a blog without slovenly hay bales or rusty trains... Not mentioning any names...😉

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    1. HAHAHA! Thanks Glen. My new tagline shall be 'No Hay Bales Allowed'.

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    2. Some people have a lack of appreciation for art.

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    3. I could do without the hay bales, but trains!? C'mon!

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  6. Beautiful churches. I do love the Orthodox churches here in Manitoba.

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    1. Thanks Steve! So much diverse history in our provinces!

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