Eight years after the new Ukrainian Catholic eparch of Toronto and eastern Canada, Bishop Cornelius Pasichny was installed before a congregation of 600, and only 22 years after Pope Jean Paul II personally blessed the church, the cavernous Slovak Byzantine-rite Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration (just north of Toronto) stands empty even on Thanksgiving Sunday. Internal power struggles have forced the closure of the church, whose last service (according to the poster shown in the workshop) was held on June 25 this year. The land was donated by the Roman family, who still owns the surrounding land, now being developed as a subdivision. Mr. Roman poured more than $20-million into the cathedral, including four Byzantine-style cupolas covered in 24 karat gold leaf and three massive bronze bells named after saints. The founder of Denison mines -- in its time, the world's largest independent uranium mining company -- Mr. Roman immigrated from Slovakia at the age of 16. He built the cathedral to honour the 30,000 Slovak-Canadian Catholics who practice the Byzantine rite, the second-largest rite in the Catholic church.
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boka (836) 2006-10-10 21:55
beautiful cathedral and very interesting info.
placombe (7901) 2006-10-10 22:19
One of the nicest churches I have ever seen. And what a russian look ! Great compo and blue sky.
marjan (6279) 2006-10-11 1:03
hi Dilke, excelent shot, diagonal is fantastic. Very god coloures and explanation about motive. But p
erspective is HQ. My congratulation.
PixelTerror (0) 2006-10-11 5:35
Interesting PoV here, I like the angle that allows you to place three cupolas on the same diagonal line and aligned as well with the rear of the structure. Other than that, a clean photo from a technical point of view.
Have a nice day,
pierrefonds (68143) 2006-10-11 8:19
A good POV of the Cathedral of Transfiguration which has a special architecture. The photo is sharp and clear. It has a good composition, perspective and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
chrisnet (23046) 2006-10-18 7:36
There are many churchs in Canada and I can see many views by Pierrefonds,this is superb too,good framing,very nice sky also.I can see a little tilt at the right but is a good composition.
darrasin (2860) 2006-10-27 2:13
Hello Silke! Is this really from Canada, it's such an exotic looking church. Very nice framing here with good lighting catching the side nicely. Well done!
ben4321 (9875) 2006-11-01 12:30
At first I thought you'd made a mistake. There's no way that can be a Canadian church, I thought. Then I read the note.
I like how your low viewpoint has had the effect of isolating the church against the sky. The strong lighting has picked out the detail of the building beautifully, and given you some great colours.
A fine architectural study.
jan515 (545) 2006-11-15 4:11
eine wunderbare Geschichte und zugleich sehr gut hervorgehoben durch Deine klasse Fotografie. Gratuliere.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-12-30 15:30
This is an interesting vision of this Ukrainian church in Canada. The frame and the POV are very nice. The light also.
Well done andall the best for 2007
UnTrained (0) 2007-03-15 2:35
starting to explore your gallery, this one caught my eye immediately. It is also a remarkable story about the cathedral. I like the POV and the clear and sharp contrast against the sky.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
gunbud (34066) 2007-03-22 20:38
Beautiful lighting bring out the great colors and details to this unique church. The onion domes are striking in their clarity of color and details and the golden trim and crosses are the perfect compliment to the stunning blue sky.
ak47apache (217) 2007-08-18 0:05
so clear and so sharp...nice POV and great light.
all the best dany
- Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) (3027)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-08
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
- Exposure: f/6.4
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Churches of Canada, Historical [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-10 21:13