Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Steeple Sunday # 26 Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox

During the late 1890s and early 1900s many immigrants from Greece and other parts of Eastern and Southern Europe came to the United States. In 1896 one of first of the Greek immigrants arrived in Raleigh. He found the the capital of NC to be a segregated yet thriving town of 13,000. During the first decade of 1900s other Greeks joined him. Nearly all were self-employed. They setlted into Raleigh's business district and residential neighborhoods forming Raleigh's Greek American Community. The first Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church was located in the 200 block of Pearson Street. The building was completed in 1938.
By the 1960's Holy Trinity's parish had outgrown the Person Street Church Building.
A church committe was formed to look for a site to build their new church.
Between 1974 and 1983 the parishioners built the new Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
on Leadmine Road. The information I found on the church calls it an architectural gem modern in design and function.
As you look at the following pictures, I'm sure you will agree.
What an inviting front entrance. The entire building is white with are red tile roof.

Lovely stained glass windows, strong columns
and this very beautiful tower...you might notice the small white sign in front of the tower.
That is a Raleigh Building permit. It looks like there will be more additions to this beautiful Church.
Each fall the parishioners host a Greek Festival for the public. The social hall, with its fully equipped kitchen, is used weekly for hospitality after Sunday services and for preparing food for the Annual Greek Festival which is held at the NC State Fair Grounds.
To say the food is scrumptious, is an understatement!!
When attending the Festival one is entertained by Greek Folk Dancing and music.
A good time is had by all.
Our weekend company will be arriving soon so mom and I might not be visiting may blogs today.
Harley cat will be sequestered in the computer room until he gets acclimated.

15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful structure, I really like the entrance. Architectural gem is a great description.

    Hope you are all having a great holiday weekend.

    Hugs,
    J and Cindi Lou

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  2. Hope you are enjoying a fun weekend, sweet Madi...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  3. Thanks for a very intersting post, I had know idea that there was Greeks the came to settle in your country.
    See Yea George xxx

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  4. Madi,

    Another beeootiful place of worship, tanks fur sharing it wif us. Happy Labor Day Weekend!

    WOofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

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  5. I've been to 2 Greek weddings, beautiful!

    Sure wish Mom would let us know how things are going with you and Harley!
    Hi to Sis and Hubby!
    ~K

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  6. Very interesting. I've never been to anything Greek. I think I'm missing out.

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  7. Ah yes......Greek festivals.......YUM!

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  8. Love the crisp, clean lines and colors here. I agree--an inviting entrance! Enjoy your company today!

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  9. It is beautiful!
    Have a great sunday!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  10. Madi
    That is one very unique church. Who kew that there are churches like that. Thanks for sharing the info.

    wags
    jazzi

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  11. What a pretty church. Not suprisingly, it looks Mediterranian...love the red tile roof.

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  12. It's amazing that it took 9 years to build. You can tell that a lot of love went into it!

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  13. Very interesting story, perhaps the climate was similar to Greece in Raleigh!
    Beautiful church and grounds!

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  14. Nice church. I bet that Greek festival is fun!

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