South Carolina December 25, 2017
The Little-Known Church Hiding In South Carolina That Is An Absolute Work Of Art
Hidden in plain sight right on Main Street in Columbia and only seven blocks from the Capitol Building sits a little-known church that, inside and out, is a complete work of art. Adorned in both meaningful structural symbolisms as well as hand-painted masterpieces on the interior surfaces, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is an inspiration on all levels.
The church is located across the street from the towering Bank of America Building that seems to anchor this end of Main Street. However, the church is so beautiful you may not even see that skyscraper across the street.
Columbians passing by in the late years of the first decade of the new millenium watched the progress of the new structure taking shape. But most probably didn't realize the building was in the shape of a cross (representing Earth - which has a beginning and an end) with a dome (that represents Heaven - which has no beginning or end).
And most people weren't aware of the incredible art that was being installed, one paint stroke at a time, on the inside of the new church.
Artisans from around the world lovingly painted the iconic imagry now found to line the walls and ceilings (domes) of the church, each image or scene depicting events of the New and Old Testaments.
Byzantine iconography is a very refined art that seeks to remove depth and shadows from the art, almost making it flat. However, movement, specifically in the direction of the viewer, is somehow attained through using lines and color.
At the very center of the 65 foot dome you'll find the image of Christ, surrounded by a golden band filled with angels and the images of the Mother of God and St. John the Baptist.
Next, in the Heavenly blue band that surrounds the windows in the dome, are twenty prophets. And in between the two is a band with scripture.
Immediately beneath the prophets and the windows is a gorgeous band that contains the story of Creation.
The hand-painted art found within this church in Columbia is inspirational, and knowing the meanings behind each detailed scene feels like a blessing.
Final construction on this magnificent church occured in 2015, and consecration occured later that same year.
Opportunities to tour the church are few and far between unless you're a prospective new member attending service.
But there is one weekend each year when you can get a peek inside and marvel at the incredible art found behind these doors.
It's at Columbia's Greek Festival held annually on the second weekend in September. The festival consists of three days of traditional Greek festivities including a variety of vendors, delicious food, plenty of dancing, and if you're lucky, maybe even an opportunity to throw a plate or two.
Did you know about this beautiful church and the amazing artwork within? We’d love to know! Find out more on their
official website and on the Facebook page for Columbia’s Greek Festival.