Tuesday, February 25, 2014

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in London

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in London was the first Greek community to be based in the U.K. The current church was designed by architect John Oldrid Scott, following the Byzantine style of Church architecture. 

The Church was named after the Holy Wisdom of God, because the Orthodox Church had always been inspired in its policy by the highest philosophical principles, which had been developed by Saints John and Paul, and because the philosophical mind of the Greek Fathers was attracted by the idea of giving the more important Churches of the first period of Christianity the appellations of the higher attributes of God: The Power of God, the Peace of God, the Wisdom of God. 

The Church was consecrated on February 5th, 1882, by the Archbishop of Corfu, Antonios Chariates, who then happened to be staying in London. 

It is a practice within the Greek Archdioceses of the Diaspora to have at least one church dedicated to Saint Sophia, in remembrance of the Great Cathedral of the Byzantine Empire. London, of course, is no exception to this rule. It is a historic church emphasising the Greek Orthodox presence in London since the 17th century. It is a landmark for London and Bayswater, reminding the visitor and the faithful of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople..  

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