Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Orthodox Antarctic

After reading the article mentioned in the post below, I recalled I had seen an item on Daniel Mitsui's weblog about an Orthodox church in Antarctica, specifically by the Russian station at King George Island off the Antarctic coast. Our Orthodox brethren undoubtedly prize beauty, even in the most remote locations, as these photos will show you. A recent foundation, the wooden, 5-meter high Holy Trinity Church's origins and short history are particularly interesting, as it is a fully-functioning, all-year church, whose monastic custodians, hieromonks of the famous Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, have provided not just the usual round of Sunday liturgies, but also baptisms and even a wedding.

There is also a small chapel dedicated to St. John of Rila, less aesthetic but somewhat older, at the Bulgarian base on Livingston Island.

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