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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

EXTERIOR OF SAINT LEON CATHEDRAL IN GLENDALE

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY        2013

Since the 1990s there has been a significant growth in the Armenian population in the San Fernando Valley. The dissolution of the old Soviet Union and sectarian struggles in the middle east made the safety and economic advantages of the Valley an ideal some for Armenian immigrants. Many Valley residents of Armenian origin can trace their arrival in America (in California, largely in the Fresno area) during and after the first great genocide of the modern era. Saint Leon Cathedral of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America is a major cultural treasure of the San Fernando Valley and a tribute to the faith of its people.

 Cross of Armenia marking the entrance to Saint Leon Cathedral. 

 Saint Leon Cathedral - Glendale, California  2013

 Cloister garden of Saint Leon Cathedral.

 Under the arches of this building are stone sheets from an earlier Armenian Christian sanctuary.

 Dedication wall at the front of Saint Leon Cathedral.

 Handsome door crosses mark the entrance of Saint Leon Cathedral. 

 Angels symbolic of the Ark of the Covenant at the entrance of Saint Leon Cathedral.

 Great bronze friezes greet believers arriving at Saint Leon Cathedral.


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