The Greek Cathedral

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral


The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Columbus, Ohio, belongs to the Eastern Orthodox faith.

The Cathedral is built in the traditional Byzantine style of architecture, which dates back to the sixth century, A.D. The central shape reflects a Greek-style cross, whose arms are of equal length.

Additional points of interest:

  • A dome is strategically placed where the arms of the cross meet.
  • In the four corners are four columns depicting the four pillars of our Orthodox Christian faith, the four evangelists.
  • The stained glass window below the nativity scene depicts the baptism of Christ.
  • The pendant at the bottom of the central gold-plated chandelier depicts one of the six-winged angels, the “Seraphim”.
  • In the half-dome behind the altar is a mosaic icon of the Virgin Mary with the Christ child.

iconscreenA great deal of symbolism  exists within the architecture of the Cathedral. Everything one sees has a special meaning and purpose. It is the embodiment of the Orthodox heritage and it serves as a constant reminder of our living Orthodox tradition. As one journeys through the architecture and art of the Cathedral, he/she can perceive much about the Orthodox faith and on the relationship that exists between God and man.

Even in this short journey through the Cathedral, it should be clearly evident that everything one sees within an Orthodox church is there to serve as an aid in our Orthodox worship of God, to serve as a constant reminder of our Orthodox Christian heritage and tradition, and to help us understand and comprehend the message and truth taught to us by Christ and the Apostles.

“Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” [Matthew 7:7-8]