Brazil’s oldest Orthodox church suffers severe fire damage

São Paulo, Brazil, July 12, 2022

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“Only the altar is left,” says Fr. Paisios Dias of the Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in São Paulo after a fire that broke out in a neighboring building spread to the church.

“Beyond the material value, what’s lost is the historical value,” he told

The church of Syrian-Lebanese origin is the oldest Orthodox church in Brazil. It was consecrated more than a century ago, in 1904. According to Fr. Paisios, more than 80% of the building was destroyed in the flames on Sunday.

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They did manage to remove and save some icons, however, while the vestments were completely consumed by the flames.

The fire began on Sunday in a neighboring 10-story commercial building. Besides the church, it also spread to and partially destroyed a 6-story retail building that also belongs to the Antiochian Orthodox Church and at least one other ground-floor store. Two firefighters were also burned and had to be rescued.

The cause of the fire is as yet unknown.

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Γρηγόριος8/20/2023 4:24 am
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