St Demetrios

Located at 360 High Street Prahan, St Demetrios church is a wonderful choice of venue for traditional Greek Orthodox wedding ceremonies. At Serendipity Photography we’re confident that you will be as smitten as we are with the striking façade of this gorgeous church. Its external features which include white rendered walls, crimson timber doors, arched windows and elegant marble entrance stairs, provide a stunning backdrop for wedding day photography, both before and after the ceremony. The charming street frontage is matched only by the incredible interior of the chapel. Here your ceremony will progress in the most beautiful and vibrant of venues. We at Serendipity love the intricate features of the chapel, ranging from the spectacular hand painted wall behind the pulpit, original pews, the intensified light which streams in through the stained glass windows, to the high arched ceilings and delicate chandeliers, the stunning harmony between these abundant details and the overall tranquility of this church are ideal for classic ceremonies.

St Demetrios dates back to 1963, when the Board of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria purchased the property for 40,000 pounds. The original building, which was estimated to have then been approximiatly 70 years old, consisted of an old church, a hall and an adjoining house. Through generous donations and local parishioner fundraising events the church temple was later built and ecclesiastic icons and chandeliers were purchased, transforming the old church into an impressive place of Orthodox worship.
Today the church is Rev. Diamantis Kourabis, the temple has held masses and weddings for over 40 years, comfortably seating 500 people.

The church was named in honour of Saint Demetrios. Born in Thesaloniki, Greece in 270 AD. He came from a wealthy family and because he was athletic in appearance and heroic in spirit, he became a high-ranking officer in the Roman Army at a very young age. (This is why he is depicted in Byzantine icons in military dress, either standing or riding a horse.) He considered himself a soldier of Christ first, and a military soldier second. He spent most of his time as a devout missionary, preaching the Gospel at secret meetings and converting pagans to the Christian faith. The most ancient icons of Saint Demetrios may be found in his temple in Thessaloniki where he is the patron saint. This is not just because he was born and died there, but because the people believe it was his intervention that saved the city during many attacks by Slavic nations, the Bulgarians, Arabs, Saracens and others. Even the liberation of Thessaloniki during the Balkan wars of 1912 coincide with the feast day of Saint Demetrios on October 26th.

Although its resting place in Prahan is a long way from the temples of Ancient Greece, Melbourne’s St Demetrios Church contains a rich history, and follows traditions suitable to carry the original Saints name. At Serendipity we highly recommend this church as a beautiful venue for ceremonies and as a picturesque backdrop for wedding day photographs.


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