TORONTO HAS SOME SPLENDID CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES NEAR THE DOWNTOWN CORE

Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation, the 169-year-old St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, is the principal church of Canada’s largest English-speaking Catholic archdiocese.  It’s on Bond Street at Shuter.

St. George Greek Orthodox Church is also on Bond Street – at #115

St. James’ Anglican Cathedral occupies the corner of King Street East at Church.  Over the years this impressive building has been visited by Queen Elizabeth and other members of the Royal Family several times.

The Kiever Synagogue in Kensington Market

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 130 Bathurst Street at Adelaide

The 154-year-old St. Anne’s is Canada’s only Byzantine Revival Anglican church. It’s patterned after ISTANBUL’s Hagia Sophia, and in 1998 was designated a National Historic Site.  St. Anne’s is further afield on Gladstone Avenue in the west end, and the interior was designed by members of the famous Group of Seven painters, and sculptors Frances Loring and Florence Wyle.

Above – the choir loft at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Basilica on Power Street at Queen Street East

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