Many of you may not know this but our Easter, for the Eastern Orthodox Church, is one week later than the Western Christian Easter. You see each year they change it around and once every four years we have it on the same day.
So we are celebrating Easter this Sunday for it is the holiest of holidays. And to celebrate I want to share the interior of Saint Andrew'd Cathedral with you. You may have already seen the exterior in this post. But I wanted to save the interior for a separate post.
I had too many images to choose from and tried to narrow them down as best I could. But this is like cutting your finger off so be patient with me.
I will also try to keep the yapping to a minimum and let the images do the talking.
Yes, that is a huge chandelier, the "Polyeleos" and it is carved wood.
Marble floors with various designs.
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Looking towards the back of the church and on the upper level is the "Geinekonitis" where the women and children traditionally stayed to be segregated from the men. It is now used as extra space for the church, where segregation no longer exists.
The doors leading to the sanctuary or Altar.
The Iconostasis (a screen bearing icons, separating the sanctuary from the nave) is on either side of the doors.
The Pulpit "Ambonas" which is rarely used nowadays with the advent of the sound system in churches. It is located directly opposite the Bishops Throne.
The "Cathedra" or Bishop's throne.
An icon of the Virgin Mary in a half dome above the Altar.
The central dome over the church nave where there is an icon of Christ and is called the "Pantocratoros", ruler of the universe. It is 46 meters tall or 150 feet.
The relics of St. Andrew.
There are many mosaics depicting religious themes.
A mosaic depicting St. Andrew martyred on an X cross in the city of Patra.
Another mosaic behind the large icon of Christ.
If you would like to see an exterior video of the Cathedral and the surrounding area I highly recommend this one.
And this one of the interior of the church. In this video you can actually get a better idea of the space and how large the chandelier is.
I hope you have admired the interior of St. Andrew's Cathedral in Patra. It was a bit long but I believe it was worth it. If you ever have a chance to visit Greece make sure to stop by. And don't forget to check out the exterior here.
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