Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Inside United Greeks

Inside the United Greeks' church, LivornoEastern Catholic Churches are autonomous, often national, Churches in full communion with the Bishop of Rome. They preserve the liturgical traditions of the various Eastern Christian Churches with which they are associated.Inside the United Greeks' church, LivornoLivorno had three churches dedicated to these communities: we have already seen “San Gregorio Illuminatore” in “Half a Church”, whose facade is still owned by the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate of Cilicia. “Nostra Signora del Rosario”, the church of the Maronite community, was completely destroyed in the last war.Inside the United Greeks' church, Livorno We are now inside the last standing of these churches, already seen in “United Greeks”. In Eastern Christianity an iconostasis is a wall of icons and religious paintings, separating the nave from the sanctuary.Inside the United Greeks' church, LivornoThis iconostasis, painstakingly restored after the war, now shines under this ornate ceiling. The history of the church until its last Archimandrite, Mons. Prof. Giuseppe Scialhub (1860-1948), is descibed on a modest plaque at the entrance of the building.

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20 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Those icons are gorgeous and that ceiling!

Saretta said...

I agree, it's quite sumptuous!

Tinsie said...

Beautiful photos! This church does indeed look very Byzantine, apart from the plain white walls.

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable ceiling! This church is very beautiful!
Thanks for sharing

Hilda said...

The golden ceiling and iconostasis with its crucifix and row of saints (?) are so ornate and fabulous!

I might actually have a hard time praying in such a church — I'd be too distracted.

B SQUARED said...

Really spectacular to behold. So much effort went into it.

brattcat said...

Thank you so much for bringing us inside and giving us this intimate tour. I, too, would find it difficult to concentrate on a service with so much to look at.

Halcyon said...

Those Greeks must have been rich!

Jacob said...

Incredible. I've always thought it fascinating how the nave is separated from the sanctuary in Eastern churches.

Beautiful photos, VP, of a gorgeous building!

Nikki Beaumont said...

Oh, this is just beautiful. That ceiling is amazing! Thanks for showing us the interior! It is so gorgeous. Maybe one does not feel the urge to fall asleep during the services since there is so much to look at!

MaCoBra said...

Interesting story, I have been to an Greek Catholic service ones. I remember that the chants were very beautifull. You have placed more posts on this church. Is it in the street where you live?

tapirgal said...

There is so much beautiful art in these churches - they feel very theatrical. Thanks so much for the views inside! By the way, you're right, my text was confusing on the Astoria post of the City Hall reflected in the bank window. I re-wrote it to clarify. Someone else got confused also. I'm also sleepy today, so we'll see what happens when I do today's post :) Zzzzzzzzz.

James said...

Very interesting. It's really nice to see the inside. I've never been in one before.
The pictures are really great!

Ellie said...

There you go - that is Greek - beautiful!

m_m said...

The ceiling looks like in some palace! Wonderful! Great photos! Beautiful inside!

Per Stromsjo said...

Hilda does have a point, all the beauty could be sort of distracting. But also helping us filter out any concerns about life outside these walls for a while. I particularly like the first shot, amazing detail in that one.

Well done.

Baruch said...

Always great to see history restored

Tash said...

Really beautiful. I love the last photo of the gilded details.

Leif Hagen said...

Heavenly, gorgeous Greek church! It's like a jewelry box inside! Gasp! Wish I could attend worship there once!

JM said...

Great detail shots! The interiors are fantastic!