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Friday, November 9, 2012

Καλή Παρασκευή.....


I went to see a French movie at Cinema Paradiso in Northbridge yesterday called The Intouchables, if I was a critic I'd give it 11 out of 10 stars for entertainment value and recommend it as a 'must see', it was hilarious! On the way back to the car I stopped to take a few shots of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St Constantine & Helen on Parker Street. Back in 1911 the Commonwealth Census numbered the Greek community in WA at 323 males and 12 females, a small group who, finding the conditions hostile and very different from their homeland, took refuge in their religion. This church built in the Byzantine style, after much community fundraising, was consecrated in April 1937 and later proclaimed a cathedral in May 1972. I'm happy to say the Greek community in 2012 is happily flourishing in Perth and all are benefiting from the exchange of culture and traditions. Happy Friday, hope it's a good one, take care.....

36 comments:

  1. What a lovely old church- I really did think you were visiting Robert in Athens for a moment there Grace!

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  2. It truly astounds me what some of these small church groups could accomplish back in hose days in order to get a church built! This one is huge!

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  3. Oh, nice architecture!
    beautiful place!

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  4. Beautiful church and a great captures as always, Grace!! I'm going to have to watch for the movie -- when it comes out in video! Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  5. It's a wonderful structure and I can see how it would serve as a refuge. I'm also loving your title today:) I've just added The Untouchables to my movie list!

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  6. Schöne alte Kirche aus roten Ziegelsteinen.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  7. That's a beautiful church.

    I blush. I'm probably one of the rare French people who hasn't yet seen that film...

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  8. It looks like a rather permanent structure.

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  9. Okay, I read the first line and then thought that doesn't look like a theater. So, I glad to find out I was right. It's a lovely brick building and I think will stand the test of time. I've not heard of the movie, unfortunately, but I'll keep looking for it. I like hilarious!

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  10. Its certainly a grand Cathedral indeed. I'll keep an eye out for the movie when it comes out on DVD.

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  11. Five minutes out of bed and not a sip of coffee taken. Are my specs dirty? The subject line is weird. It's not even French. Slowly the brain makes the connection between the written word and the images. Now where are those characters on my keyboard. I can't see them.

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  12. It is a beautiful church. I think I've heard of that movie but, haven't seen it yet. I'll add it to the list.

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  13. Either of those pics could be postcards!

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  14. Ha, as if you were here ;) Wonderful church indeed. May time and life continue to treat it kind. Please have a good Friday.

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  15. Beautiful church, nicely photographed. The movie you described is called The Intouchables in the USA. About a quadriplegic and his unexpected caregiver? Fabulous movie.

    And if you were one of those early Greek women and couldn't get a date, how bad would you have felt? Of course, not getting dates is certainly a phenomenon that you are not familiar with, right?

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  16. I love the look of this cathedral. Majextic, for sure.

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  17. I'm no church-goer, but they sure know how to build great looking buildings.

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  18. you are in great form!



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  19. Interesting looking building. That does sound like a good movie. The Helen Hunt one (The Sessions?) looks good as well.

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  20. I like the red brick against the blue sky...Janey

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  21. Interesting building. Like the domes on it. When the movie comes out on DVD, I'll be checking it out:)

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  22. I will have to keep an eye out for that movie. Like the domes.

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  23. Very bold lines in this Church. I guess it is meant to convey the strength in religion. I have also heard good reviews of The Intouchables from other sources. Glad you enjoyed it too.

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  24. Seen a very similar building in Trieste, Italy. Les intouchables, 11/10, totally agree!!!

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  25. always interesting, church architecture!

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  26. We have a church here that's similar...but much smaller. Beautiful photos, as always!

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  27. Somehow I don't usually equate red brick with Greek Orthodox style. But I certainly like it! (But I like most anything that's red. ;))

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  28. Great looking church. Very multicultural to my eyes, mixing the Greek architectural style with Australian building material of red bricks.

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  29. This looks like a huge church. I have been to several small Greek churches on several greek islands.
    What I like about them, is not only the beauty, but they are open, and people pop in on their way to work etc.
    It looks so common there.

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  30. Grand church! My daughter (who lives in France)had recommended I go and watch that movie, as it was very good. I shall take her advice and yours too of course!

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  31. Impressive brick building! I totally agree with you as to The Intouchables.

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  32. Incroyable, il y a même une Eglise Orthodoxe à Perth !
    Très belles photos de ce beau bâtiment !!!

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  33. We have a couple of churches in this style that I know of in the city... one of which isn't in the Orthodox church, as it turns out. Beautiful shots!

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