A Greek barbecue will take place in the Greek Orthodox Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Paddington

Sydney’s Greek community is invited to attend a day of remembrance and fundraising for a Greek barbecue this Sunday, June 20 at the Greek Orthodox Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Paddington.

The church is known as the first Greek Orthodox cathedral in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, and it has even been granted State Heritage status by the Government of New South Wales.

The cathedral hall was also a popular location for Greek afternoon schools dating back to the late 1920s, and it was used by the then Consul General, Dr Emil Vrisakis, to collect clothing warm and shoes to send to the Anzacs and the Greeks who were defending Greece. during the Second World War.

This weekend’s intergenerational Greek barbecue is organized for people to witness the restoration work that has been carried out at the cathedral to date, including the cleaned interior and a Pentelic marble slab and donated by Euromarble.

The Greek HeraldSources say up to $ 900,000 has already been spent to restore the cathedral, but around $ 150,000 is still needed to replace corroded steel windows with authentic period materials and improve internal lighting.

If you’d like to see the restoration work, the BBQ will be held at the Greek Orthodox Hagia Sophia Cathedral on the corner of Napier Street and South Dowling Street in Paddington from noon on Sunday, June 20. An earlier liturgy at 11 a.m. will also be held during the day.

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