The church is in the style of the Byzantine wooden architecture traditional to the western Ukraine. I love the wooden shingles covering the domes and all the wood siding - looking a little water-logged in this photo because it was raining.
The front door and carved pillars look so rustic.
Inside the sanctuary there are only pews around the edges with a wide open space in the middle as they stand for their services.
Above the sanctuary is one of the domes all colourfully painted with pictures of saints and scenes from the Bible.
I wasn't expecting to see a Pharaoh's headdress in a Ukrainian church, but it makes sense since Joseph from the Old Testament rose to second-in-command in Egypt. Don't you love the scrolly grape vines that link the pictures together.
The pretty design in the photo below, was one of my favourite parts of the decoration in the church. I love the gray-blue with the orange and the touches of gold.
There are no electric lights in the church. The priest told us that it is because you can't pray with harsh electric lights on, so they only have soft gas lights and candles during services. I think he may have something there. I love it when the lights are turned out at a Christmas Eve service and we sing by candlelight and this church must be gorgeous by candlelight with all the gold leaf decorating the walls.
Around the edges of the sanctuary are these candle chandeliers that I thought looked quite striking in their simplicity with all the ornate paintings and decorations. The priest assured me that they would soon be replaced as they just came from IKEA. I love it! IKEA decorations can even be found in an ornate Ukrainian Catholic church. Who would have thought.
It must be Ukrainian heritage month at Sense and Simplicity or something - how else do you explain it!