Orthodox Church in Antarctica

It might seem incredible, but there are in fact seven churches in Antarctica, including two Orthodox churches. One of the two appears in Catherine’s Pascha.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is one of the Orthodox churches in Antarctica

Holy Trinity Church

King George Island, Antarctica

When Becky had the idea of framing the scenes in Catherine’s Pascha with images of churches from around the world, she wanted to have at least one church from every continent: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, Antarctica.

Antarctica? There are penguins in Antarctica, and research stations, and lots of wind and snow. But is there an Orthodox church?

In fact, there is.

Built in the traditional Russian style, Trinity Church is the southernmost Orthodox Church in the world. The tiny church can accommodate as many as 30 worshippers. It is served year-round by one or two hieromonks from the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Russia. The principal duty of the clergy, besides celebrating the regular services of the Church, is to pray for the souls of the 64 Russians who have died in Antarctica. As need arises, they also perform baptisms in the Southern Ocean, and occasionally perform weddings.

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