St. Jude's Cathedral (Iqaluit)

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St. Jude's Cathedral
Iqaluit St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral 2012.JPG
The new St. Jude's Cathedral, opened June 2012.
Basic information
Location Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Geographic coordinates 63°44′51″N 068°31′00″W / 63.74750°N 68.51667°W / 63.74750; -68.51667 (St. Jude's Cathedral)Coordinates: 63°44′51″N 068°31′00″W / 63.74750°N 68.51667°W / 63.74750; -68.51667 (St. Jude's Cathedral)
Affiliation Anglican Church of Canada
Province Nunavut Territory
District Diocese of The Arctic
Year consecrated 2012

St. Jude's Cathedral (formally the Cathedral of St. Simon and St. Jude) is the Anglican cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. The cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of The Arctic, which covers the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec. It has the greatest area of any Anglican diocese in the world. The cathedral is also the parish church for the parish of Iqaluit and holds services in English and Inuktitut.

The current building, informally referred to as the Igloo Cathedral, was opened on June 3, 2012. The unique building, in the shape of an igloo, has traditionally been a landmark and tourist attraction in Iqaluit, besides its important spiritual role for Iqalummiut (people of Iqaluit).

The original St. Jude's Cathedral had been designed by Ronald Thom in 1970 and built in 1972 by local volunteers. It was demolished in June 2006 after an arson fire in November 2005 destroyed much of the structure. It was well known for its decorations, most the product of Inuit craftsmanship; these included wall hangings, woven collection baskets, a cross made of narwhal tusks, and a carved soapstone baptismal font dedicated by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, during a visit to Iqaluit.

The Old St. Jude's (seen here in 1995) before the 2005 fire.
Interior of the Old St. Jude's from 2001.

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