The Eastern Cross

Fascinating insight into Cardiff’s international heritage..

History On The Dole

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Greek Church Street, Cardiff. Courtesy of Cardiff Local Studies Library. St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Greek Church Street, Cardiff. Courtesy of Cardiff Local Studies Library.

Not far from the Islamic Centre on Alice Street, Butetown, in a long-since demolished terrace, there once stood Cardiff’s original Greek Orthodox church. Opened at 31 Patrick Street on 18 December 1873, the then Feast Day of St Nicholas in the Orthodox tradition, this was another of the town’s new buildings for its growing religious minorities, although because of the formal rules of the Church it was in practice a set of rooms set aside for worship rather than a formal religious building. As explored in this post, the Norwegian Church had opened just a few years earlier catering for the Lutheran population, and Cardiff already had its synagogue – opened at East Terrace, off Bute Street, in 1858 – and Roman Catholic churches. This was all symptomatic of a town that was cosmopolitan…

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