The Russian Orthodox Church in San Telmo.
Nestled in a quiet street in the San Telmo neighborhood, you will discover a beautiful Russian Orthodox Church. If beautiful churches and architecture interest you, then this Russian Orthodox Church, is not to be missed when in Buenos Aires. It is the only one of it´s kind in Argentina – as far as we know.
The church is not always open during the day but if you are fortunate you might find it open. Go in and take a look inside. You will not be disappointed as it is really beautiful. It is open for service on Satudays at 18h00 and on Sundays at 10h00. Choirs sing Orthodox liturgical music on weekend mornings.
History of the Russian Orthodox Church in Buenos Aires.
This is the history of the church. In the mid-19th Century, the first Orthodox Greek and Slavonic immigrants began to arrive in Buenos Aires and shortly after were followed by the Lebanese and the Syrian. They made up a small community who asked and managed to convince Emperor Alexander II, to sign a decree for the foundation in Buenos Aires, of an Orthodox Church attached to the Russian Empire’s Legation in South America.
The church was designed in St. Petersburg and the work was directed by the artist Cristophersen opening in 1904. The style is Byzantine with onion-like domes on the facade and Stara symbolizing the Celestial Sphere.
The domes of the Church can be seen from various areas in San Telmo. The church is adorned with mosaics and paintings.
Directly in front of the Russian Orthodox Church is Parque Lezama. It is a beautiful park where you can quietly sit and read a book or feed the birds.When I recently visited the Church, I noticed that the park was under construction and cordoned off. I am not sure for how long the renovations will continue.
Where: San Telmo, Buenos Aires
When: April 2015