Tour Our St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Immerse Yourself in the Architecture and Iconography
of the Eastern Orthodox Faith!
Welcome to Opa Fest 2018—Clebrating 25th Years!
We are looking forward to hosting you during our annual celebration happening the weekend of 22-24 June! This is that special time of the year when we open our church and its surroundings for all our friends
and neighbors, to join us in partaking of our faith, culture, history, festivities, and food. We are thrilled that you will be able to join us and we know that yourstay with us will be both exceptional and pleasant.
You will have an opportunity to view and tour our beautiful St. Nicholas
Greek Orthodox Church. Orthodox Churches have a unique architectural
style that is rooted in the Eastern Roman-Byzantine Tradition associated
with the Eastern Mediterranean, Balkan, Russian, Near Eastern,
and Anatolian locales where Orthodox Christianity took root and blossomed. These holy structures are traditionally fashioned with one or more domes and are built in the shape of a Cruciform (Greek Cross or cross-in-square), a circular rotunda, or a basilica style design.
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church follows this custom and was fashioned based on a “Neo-Byzantine” architectural plan. It consists of a modified rotunda, similar in nature to the Great Patriarchal Church of Hagia Sophia (The Church of “Holy Wisdom”)located in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul).
As with many Michigan Eastern Orthodox Churches, St. Nicholas houses one of metro-Detroit’s most exceptional collections of Byzantine Iconography, set in a beautiful Orthodox Church interior; a sight not to be missed!
Similar to the ancient icons and mosaics of old world Greece, Italy,
and Turkey, St. Nicholas’ Icon collection tells the story of Christ, His Life, and Christianity through breathtaking images and illustrations. Join us for an excursion into the evolution of Eastern Christianity and the foundational beliefs of the Greek Orthodox faith.
Come visit and tour the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church during festival
hours. The church will be open for public visitation during all three days
of the festival, from event opening through 9:00 PM on Friday and Saturday
and event opening through 7:00 PM on Sunday. There will be formal tours
presented by one of our Greek Orthodox priests or a knowledgeable lay
parishioner during the following dates and times:
- Friday 22 June at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM
- Saturday 23 June at 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM
- Sunday 24 June at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Take a break from the outside Opal festivities by joining us inside for a
tour of our church’s Holy Images and Holy Space.