Another look at the magnificent St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church (1913) with the small park and statue across from it included in this shot. Its Romanesque Revival design style along with its onion-shaped spires and its location on the hill cause it to distictively stand out on the Syracuse skyline. As in Byzantine churches, the interior walls and ceiling are richly frescoed (mural paintings which were done on damp plaster). The sanctuary and altar are concealed from the main space of the church by an elaborately decorated paneled screen called an iconostasis. The center panel of the iconostasis is opened by the officiating priest only during holy services, which are of the Byzantine Rite. The altar is carved of wood painted white with colored decorations. In 1900 the church was organized by Ukrainian immigrants as St. John the Baptist. It was the first Eastern Catholic church in Syracuse and was was given its present name in 1944. I have just been informed that it is the only Eastern Catholic Church in Syracuse (thanks for the info). It is located at 207 Tompkins Street, on the west side of Syracuse, NY.
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