Sunday, May 3, 2015

Christ The Saviour Orthodox Church

Christ The Saviour Orthodox Church is found in Chinatown in the downtown core. It has its roots in two parishes, one dating back to the First World War era, the second dating back to the 1980s. The current building was erected in the late 1960s by the first parish. The parishes merged in 2003 and worship here in this beautiful sanctuary, quite different from Catholic and Protestant designs. I have been inside during Doors Open. If the church is taking part this year, I'll have to stop in.


37 comments:

  1. Orthodox churches are usually spectacular inside. But don't plan on sitting (at least the really traditional ones don't have pews)!

    Janis
    GDP

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  2. I've never been the first commenter on ODP before! :)

    Janis
    GDP

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  3. We have just one like it on Holterman St Crows Nest.

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  4. Looks very different as usual churches. We don't have churches like this, or I think so so...
    Happy May.

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  5. An unusual building for a church.

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  6. Here there is not any, I think, I do not have seen any.

    Tomás.

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  7. I like the design and colors at the outside of this church.

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  8. If I had to guess, I would have selected many before landing on a church.

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  9. Quite unusual!
    I heard on CBC this morning that they are unveiling a new statue up there - tribute to John McCrae who wrote In Flanders Fields.

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  10. That is very different for a church. The domes are usually a much more prominent feature. I look forward to seeing the interior.

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  11. That is a completely different design. I'm now sure I would have recognized it as a church without a sign.

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  12. I have never seen a church like this, it's a quite interesting architecture anyway...

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  13. I like the looks and unusual design of this building.

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  14. I love old churches...and it looks like Ottawa has an abundance of them!

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  15. I like the combination of white and blue on this beautiful building.

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  16. @Janis: I have been inside during previous Doors Open, but missed getting there last year. It is a beauty inside.

    @Peter: the design of this one's stunning.

    @Orvokki: I don't imagine there's a large Orthodox related population in your part of the world.

    @Revrunner: it's more square than the conventional rectangle.

    @Marianne: it is an interesting design, visually speaking.

    @Tomas: we have some here, including, oddly, a block or so near this one.

    @Jan: those blues really stand out well against the white.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @Birdman: this is one of those cases where 60s architecture was done well.

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  17. @Tex: thanks!

    @RedPat: that might explain a couple of things going on downtown that I noticed before getting in.

    @Red: I expect it'll take part in Doors Open. I just have to figure out my schedule in advance for that weekend.

    @Sharon: and yet inside it's unmistakeably a church.

    @VP: it's less conventional than other Orthodox churches in its style, I think.

    @Judy: as do I.

    @Norma: we do!

    @Whisk: it's quite a difference from Gothic style.

    @Marleen: I did too.

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  18. Doesn't look like a church to me! More like a library or something!

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  19. It certainly looks like a church with the cross on the top, different and nice building, and the sky is gorgeous!

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  20. Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous! I would love to visit it!

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  21. interesting stained glass. If you pop in later in the year, take a close up of it for me please?

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  22. Looks Greek inspired.
    I have been to a Greek christening .

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  23. The architecture has a definite late 60s vibe to it.

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  24. That's an amazing piece of architecture for a church. Very cool...

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  25. I like it too, especially the windows. You must go back and get some inside pictures!

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  26. it may be different, but it is a beautiful building and the Cross (more than one) is there. That tells the world it is Christian.

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  27. That's a really distinctive design; very striking!

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  28. It is quite different. Nice to see though.

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  29. It's a very beautiful 'non church like' building William, although the windows give a little hint :)

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  30. I think Grace's term "non church like" building is just about right.

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  31. How interesting that it's now situated in a part of Cinatown! Although it doesn't have a steeple, it does have a dome and also the blue often associated with Greece.

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