Location: 315, Brasil St. San Telmo
In the mid-19th Century, the first Orthodox Greek and Slavonic immigrants started arriving followed by, a few years later by the Lebanese and the Syrian. They made up a small community who asked and managed to convince Emperor Alexander II to sign a decree for the foundation in Buenos Aires of an Orthodox Church attached to the Russian Empire’s Legation in South America.
The church was designed by the architect of Rusia Mihail Preobrazensky Saint Synod in St. Petersburg and the work was directed in Argentina by the artist Cristophersen opening in 1904. The style is byzantine, moscow’s 17th Century with fives onion-like domes on the facade, turquoise colorful topped by five crosses overlooking the East, with stars symbolizing the celestial sphere.
On the left side is a mural called “Baptism of Russia” and on the right side, another of the Mother with the child and St. Pope John. On the front, a bas-relief in bronze recreates the facade of the church.