A five-domed Catholic Church? You probably never heard of that–because there are only TWO of them in the world! One is in Brampton, Ontario–just an hour (or less) drive from Toronto. And no, its not in the center of the city or within the city but its still a few minutes drive from there. Youll find St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church in the middle of cornfields / farms.
Its magnificent and very unique, indeed. Not just the architecture outside but also the interior design. The building is made up of heavy Douglas fir timbers, standing tall above the Credit River Valley.
Inside, the space is also covered in wood and super clean–but its not as spacious as I thought it would be. There are no benches (there are actually four long ones–but thats it!) or chairs or pews there which made me wonder how the congregants would worship the Almighty. Standing during a mass service for an hour is insane, right?
In Orthodox tradition, the church building is called The Temple. Here, you see St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church from Bovaird Drive.
Entrance on the western side.
The view from the cemetery. Yes, theres one in the Southern side of the Temple.
The Bells and Belfry.
The entrance to The Sanctuary.
From walls to dome, the temple is covered in Byzantine religious arts.
The center dome.
They call this as The Sanctuary–which is, in most catholic churches– known as nave.
The western side of The Sanctuary. If you notice, there are no pews inside. According to the Byzantine tradition, pews are a Protestant style of worhsipping.
St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church
10193 Heritage Road
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
How to get there by public transportation from Toronto:
Get off at Union Station. Transfer to GO bus station. Buy a round-trip ticket ($17) to Georgetown, bus 31F. Get off at Missasauga Road on Bovaird Drive. Then, walk West (to the direction of the bus) for 10-15 minutes and turn right on Heritage Road. Ask the driver if its ok with him to drop you off at Heritage Road, instead at Missasauga Road. I was lucky, he actually offered to drop me off there because nobody got off at Missasauga Road.
Its an hour and 15 minutes.
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