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#175664 04/22/04 08:16 PM
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Hrestos Voskres,
Can someone give me a clear explanation in refence to the church domes (cupulas)? For example: I heard that the domes or cupulas that are painted silver are dedicated to the Angels. Blue would have another significance, gold, green, etc. etc.
Are there canons on what colors our cupulas (domes) could be painted? What are the correct number of domes that a church may have and their significance?
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Yes, this can be done but it's a complicated topic. The cupolas come in a variety of shapes, just for openers. The grand champion is the central dome of Agia Sophia in Constantinople. At the other end of the scale, I've run into churches in the American Midwest whose pastors had the nerve to stick an aluminum silo lid on top (with a 3-bar Cross, of course!) and call that a cupola. But I shall try to return to this topic.
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While traveling today past the many farms in the area, I paid close attention to the silo tops. They didn't seem like they'd be that horrible as a church dome. smile

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Looking at some modern church architecture, :rolleyes: actually a barn silo would actually look pretty traditional in some places.

Lauro, the dome is iconic of many things, including the "dome" of heaven above us, which is also why we paint heavenly images on the inside of those domes which remind us of that heavenly reality. Certainly the dome of the Great Church (Hagia Sophia) had that effect on those who were present for services.

It also provides shelter and protection for those underneath it, hence it is also symbolic of the protection of God over His faithful. It has been surmised that the development of more "onion" shaped domes in Russia and Ukraine was because that design facilitated shedding snow more readily than the broad, wide domes of Greek churches which were constructed in warmer climates.

One and three-domes are very common for Ukrainian and Russian churches, sometimes more up to churches like St. Nicholas UGCC Cathedral in Chicago which has 13.

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Originally posted by Diak:
Looking at some modern church architecture, :rolleyes: actually a barn silo would actually look pretty traditional in some places. ...
... One and three-domes are very common for Ukrainian and Russian churches, sometimes more up to churches like St. Nicholas UGCC Cathedral in Chicago which has 13.
Then, there is St. Joseph in Chicago, sometimes referred to as the display area for NASA roickets. biggrin

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