Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 341

 

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
PR 201 and Sundown Road North
Sundown

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Designation Date:  April 7, 2009
Designation Authority:  R.M. of Stuartburn
Present Owner:  Privately Owned

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, with its distinctive cruciform plan, twin towers and central dome opening to the interior, is a significant example of a mid-twentieth-century church associated with the waves of Ukrainian immigrants who came to Manitoba in the early 1900s. Built by parishioners on a tranquil site that also includes a separate bell tower, the church is an attractive, modest-sized interpretation of traditional ecclesiastical architecture found in the villages of Western Ukraine. Most notable is the facility’s intact and richly decorated interior, complete with an ornate iconostas, iconography and wall surfaces with folk motifs hand-painted by John Pushka. The landmark church, still used for services on a limited basis, remains a valued link to the homeland as well as a spiritual and focal point for parishioners, including descendants of pioneer families who settled in the Sundown area.

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