Greek Orthodox church in Traverse City to raise 42,000-pound dome

Greek Orthodox church in Traverse City to raise 42,000-pound dome

Northern Michigan will soon have its first permanent Greek Orthodox church in Traverse City.

The building site of the church is off US-31.

The church building will be highlighted by a large dome with a cross.

Construction crews continue to work on the building and are getting ready to raise the dome, that is 42,000 pounds and 92 feet wide.

“It is no easy job for any construction company, but we are planning to do it by God’s grace and we will raise it up to about 55 feet. That will complete the beautiful location and building of the Orthodox Church,” said Father Ciprian Streza of Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church.

Streza said the parish was started in 1999.

In 2012, the parish bought the five-acre land parcel overlooking East Grand Traverse Bay.

The dome will be raised on July 26th, and the church is expected to be completed by October.