Sunday, January 15, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Three Saints

Toby hosts the fun (and maybe educational) meme, Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. As the name suggests, we look for windows, doors and other architectural details. We live in Ansonia CT, an old industrial town once full of immigrants and their churches from times past. 

This is the Three Saints Orthodox church on Howard Avenue. Why it came into being starts with the sad reason as noted in this website:

“Three Saints beginnings could be traced to the end of the last century with immigrants fleeing the Slavic nations (Northern Europe to Southern and Central Europe) to escape religious, cultural, and political persecution that was overbearing in their countries”. Sadly, exclusion is so often the way of the world… Happily, the Orthodox faithful were able to safely arrive in Ansonia…

The parish has been here since 1895. The original building was opened in 1904, however destroyed by fire in 1954. However, the congregation was able to rebuild, and today’s house of worship was opened in 1955. It seems that it has the style that says modern but with the elements of the old world such as the numerous Russian onion domes above…see more interesting details at this fine meme!

5 comments:

Lesley said...

Those baby onion domes are cute.
And even on a cloudy day those golden halos over the saints heads are still glowing.

toby said...

What a beautiful building! I really like the contrast of the old-time stonework in the front with the new, modern looking tower in the back. Good that they could rebuild - that's always a good sign that there is hope in the world :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

A stunning building with many corners of interest even in the facade! I especially like the arch effect superimposed on the wall!

Patti said...

This is a beautiful church.

Linnea said...

It is an interesting combination of various styles. I wonder what it looks like inside.