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"Seek out Johannesburg's Russian Orthodox community" Top 5 Page for this destination St. Sergius of Radonezh Russian Orthodox Church Tip by CatherineReichardt

  Russian Orthodox church in Johannesburg
by CatherineReichardt

If you are driving between Johannesburg and Pretoria, an incongruous glint of gold over the western skyline of Midrand may catch your eye. Closer inspection will reveal the unexpected presence of a golden-domed Russian Orthodox Church in the middle of suburbia, which is dedicated to St. Sergius of Radonezh.

A Russian Orthodox parish was first established from a private residence in the late 1990s to serve the needs of a burgeoning Russian community. It soon became clear that this was not a practical longterm solution, and in January 2001, the foundation stone for the current church was laid. The church was designed by a St Petersburg-based architect and was consecrated by Cyrill, the Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, with the assistance of Seraphim, Metropolitan of Johannesburg and Pretoria (Alexandrian Patriarchate) in March 2003. The distinctive golden domes were finally completed in 2004.

Unfortunately the church is only open for services on Saturday, Sunday and feast days - see the website below for more details.

The Russian expat community in Johannesburg is surprisingly large - especially if you use the term in its most elastic sense to include former Soviet republics such as Ukraine and Belarus. There was significant immigration from the former Eastern Bloc to South Africa following the fall of the Belin Wall and subsequent disintegration of the former Soviet Union. This was welcomed by the Government of the time, as the influx of skilled migrant labour helped to counteract the exodus of white South Africans to more stable political pastures in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

We have unwittingly found ourselves on the fringes of this community for the past decade as the cottage on our property has been let to a series of Ukranians, and it's been a very pleasant experience which has - among other things - given us the excuse to celebrate Easter and Christmas twice each year!

Address: Cnr. of Wattle & 8th Street, Noordwyk, Midrand
Phone: +27 (0)11 318 01 50

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  • Updated Apr 15, 2011
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