Wednesday, January 28, 2009

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral ..
Address: 2238 W Rice Street ..
Completed: 1915
Architect: I.G. Steinbach ..

Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral is a masterpiece of Neo-Byzantine baroque art and architecture. A massive and powerful structure capped by 13 bronze domes with gold crosses representing Christ and His 12 Apostles. It was built in the architectural style of St. Sofia’s Church in Kyiv.

The steel superstructure of the edifice was a unique form of construction for the times. Massive stone supports were used together with the steel. The church stands 112 feet high. It is 136 feet long and 85 feet wide. The structure can accommodate over a thousand worshippers.

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Art and Architecture of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral ...


velykapani said...

This is one of the most beautiful churches in the world and worthy of upkeep not just by the Ukrainian community but by the Chicago Arts Council. You would have to travel to Ukraine or Greece to see something comparable!

velykapani said...

It is sad that the Ukrainian community in Chicago is so divided by the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, that they gravitate too much to Sts. Volodymyr and Olgan Parish which is overflowing in capacity and the Cathedral is only filled one fourth at the 10:00 am liturgy in the Ukrainian language. The 11:30 Mass in English is hardly visited by the American, English speaking community as it obviously finds this liturgy unfamiliar.

This is too bad for all concerned.

Perhaps the bishop and the clergy should seek reconciliation of some sort and St. Nicholas Cathedral could offer liturgies in both calendars at least for the main holidays of Easter or Christmas. This way the new immigrants from Ukraine who do not feel comfortable with the Gregorian calendar would feel more comfortable in the Cathedral.

Dear Archbishop Richard, give it a try.

Concerned parishioner.

Irene Pyskir-Bilak

Anonymous said...

He's not an archbishop.
Big difference.