Russian Orthodox Church in San Telmo, Buenos Aires

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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.

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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.

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The beautifil blue domes as seen from the outside.

The domes of the Church can be seen from various areas in San Telmo. The church is adorned with mosaics and paintings.

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A Mosaic on the wall at the entrance of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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.

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People admiring the beautiful Church from Parque Lezama.

Where: San Telmo, Buenos Aires

When:  April 2015

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24 Comments

  1. Omg Nelieta! This one reminded me of the blue dome I discovered in Selangor, Malaysia. It's onion-like domes so that made the difference whereas the one in Selangor was perfectly rounded and without the cross. Another wonderful discovery from you so thank you for sharing…. 🙂

    1. Hi Jorie, had tot go back to your blog to see which one you were talking about. Yes it is very similar indeed. I left another comment..lol! Wonderful to share the information especially when people like yourself find it interesting!

  2. hi nalieta. did you take those photographs? they are so sharp and from great angles.. mussels are delicious with pasta sauce- perhaps you cook better than me..above all, i like your friendship. will always put comments in all your posts, cos i sincerely like your blog.

  3. Really wonderful..We were in Italy a few years ago and the churches there are amazing..Never been to Argentina but would love to photograph it.. I started following youhttp://jpweddingphotograpy.blogspot.com/2011/04/crane-update-plus-you-have-been-looking.html

    1. Hi Jim, thank you for the follow and comment. Yes the churches in Europe are absolutely amazing! I couldn´t get enough of the history and the architecture. Argentina is a beautiful country to travel and a photographers dream. There are photo opportunities around every corner 🙂

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    1. Hi Cooking-varieties, thank your for your lovely comment. Yes these photos are all mine apart from the last one which was taken by a friend of ours. Ooh I am not so sure about the cooking! I am a terrible, terrible cook and I always get so envious when I see the delicious food that people, like yourself, prepare!Ps. It is great to have a new friend and your comments are always appreciated 🙂

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