Birmingham Orthodox Cathedral
|Birmingham Orthodox Cathedral|
|Dormition of the Mother of God and St Andrew|
|Location||8 Arthur Place, Summer Hill Terrace, Birmingham B1 3DA, West Midlands|
|Style||Early English gothic revival|
The Dormition of the Mother of God and St Andrew is a Greek Orthodox cathedral on Summer Hill Terrace in Birmingham, England, dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God and St Andrew. In Greek: The Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Theotokos and Saint Andreas. (Dormition or Falling Asleep of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, celebrated on August 15). In 1958 the first Greek Orthodox Church in Birmingham was inaugurated. Regular liturgies began in Birmingham conducted by the first permanent priest, Father Nicodemos Anagnostou.
The building was formerly a Catholic Apostolic church. It was designed in 1873 by J.A. Chatwin who worked on many of Birmingham's churches, including St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham. It is a brick Gothic revival church in the Early English style. It has a wide rectangular nave, an apse at each end and passage aisles through the buttresses. The interior consists of heavy brick arches on stout columns and clerestory windows between clustered wall shafts supporting a high arched roof. The west end has a tall archway set in a diapered brick wall leading into a baptistery. Some of the decoration was by Gibbs and Canning Limited of Tamworth. Renovations have taken place since circa 2000. The priest is Protopresbyter Kosmas Pavlidis.
The church has a Greek school for children and adults who wish to learn the Greek language and culture.
- St Philip's (Church of England)
- St Chad's (Catholic)
- Greek Orthodox Church Of The Holy Trinity and St Luke (Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain)
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