History of the Orthodox Parish in Czestochowa

Corner stone for the temple was consecrated by the Ecumenical Patriach Bartholomew of Constantinople in November 1998 during his first visit in our country. The first services took place on July 1st, 2001.

Our parish itself has long history and has some Greek roots. It is one of the oldest Orthodox communities. Yet the Greek merchants living here in XVIII century, did not have their own temple so they belonged to the parish in Piotrkow Trybunalski.

In the second half of XIX century, the incomers from Russia made the majority of parishioners, they were officials, military personel and merchants. The first temple - Saints Cyril and Methodius Church was built for their use and consecrated in 1872. The architects followed the same project that was used for the Warsaw cathedral of St Mary Magdalene, but without the bell tower. (Now it belongs to the Roman Catholics as St James Church.)

Since the end of World War I the parishioners moved several times, renting the space or using the hospitability of the local Evangelical congregation.

Present temple was designed by MichaƂ Balasz, an architect from Bialystok. The parish covers large area, well beyond Czestochowa and surroundings. The membership is above one hundred people.

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