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Greek Orthodox Cathedral

 
 
Greek Orthodox Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2017
1. Greek Orthodox Cathedral Marker
Inscription. The circular stone church is one of the most unusual buildings in Baltimore. Designed by Charles E. Cassell in Romanesque style with Byzantine touches, it was built for the Associate Reformed Church in 1889. Eighteen polished granite columns support the porch roof and carved foliage ornaments the porch, windows, doors and buttresses.

Left vacant in 1934 and slated to be razed for a filling station, the church was saved through the intervention of the Greek Orthodox congregation, which purchased it in 1937. A Greek inscription, meaning “House of God, Gateway to Heaven” was carved into the stone above the entrance. The altar was transformed into an orthodox one, glowing with icons and relics from the famous Greek monasteries of Mt. Athos.

In 1938, the church was consecrated in the Orthodox tradition by Archbishop Athenagoras of Archdiocese of North and South America. He was later named Patriarch of the Constantinople, the highest honor in Eastern Orthodoxy.

The Greek Orthodox parish, oldest and largest in Maryland, was elevated to the rank of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 1975. It is one of the oldest Greek Orthodox parishes in the United States.

(Inscription under the image in the upper left)
Patriarch Athenagoras.

(Inscription under the image in the lower right)
Icon of the Annunciation

Greek Orthodox Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2017
2. Greek Orthodox Cathedral Marker
for which the Cathedral is named. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Sponsor; William Donald Schaefer, Mayor
 
Location. 39° 18.278′ N, 76° 37.061′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on W Preston Street. Touch for map. The marker is to the left of the far left door. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 W Preston Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Maryland Line Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Entering the Automobile Age: The Horseless Revolution (about 600 feet away); The Lyric Theatre (about 600 feet away); Douglas L. Frost (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Royal Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mount Royal Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mount Royal Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Acquiring Fame: Mount Vernon Celebrities (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Churches & Religion
 
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation Founded 1906 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2017
3. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation Founded 1906
Greek Orthodox Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 26, 2017
4. Greek Orthodox Cathedral
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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