Holy Trinity Cathedral by Louis Sullivan
The church was partially financed by the Russian tsar Nicholas II, and designed by the father of the skyscraper, Louis Sullivan. Its design, however, is as far from a skyscraper as it can be: it was inspired by small, onion-domed Russian provincial churches, and there is nothing imposing or overpowering about the building. It is worth seeing from the inside as well as from the outside: its inner space is decorated in traditional red and gold, the ceiling is blue and painted with golden stars. The icons and angels on the walls are mesmerizing. The cathedral is open for tours on Saturdays, from 10am until noon.
Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 North Leavitt, (773)486-6064, holytrinitycathedral.net
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