Take an Art Tour of Byzantine Frescoes and Icons
St. Demetrius Orthodox Church, the little “jewel of Jackson” is painted from floor to ceiling with Byzantine frescos. The ancient technique of two-dimensional painting has been used for over 1800 years to cover the walls and ceilings of cathedrals and churches throughout the world with beauty. Father Dusan Koprivica, a master of presentation, gives the delightful historical, artistic, and personalized tour.
On this engaging tour, you will experience how our world-renown Iconographer, Niculai Enochi, uses the authentic Byzantine method of painting to adorn our exquisite church. The art work is equal to any you can see in Europe – and it is right here in Jackson! The Orthodox tradition of Iconography, often called “Windows to Heaven,” truly brings the stories of the Bible to life.
After experiencing the beautiful frescos and their intriguing history, our guests are brought into our beautiful dining area to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the very special treat of our famous and delicious homemade Baklava freshly baked by the Baklava Bakers of the Sisterhood of St. Demetrius Church.
The church building is surrounded by farmland and was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse. St. Demetrius is open every week for service on Sunday at 9:30 am. Feel free to attend a Liturgy to see the frescos. Formal tours with Fr. Dusan are available Monday through Friday (a minimum of 12 people is required). We have been successfully hosting large bus tours for over two years and can accommodate 120 people in our dinning room.
Need more information? Call Monica Dellas (517-414-3829) or the church (517-784-0116)
Website 3043 Seymour Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201
St. Demetrius Church, purchased for $1.00 in 1960, was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse. Today the structure is something altogether different. Still set in a rural area resonating with... » More Information
St. Demetrius Church, purchased for $1.00 in 1960, was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse. Today the structure is something altogether different. Still set in a rural area resonating with the peace of nature, the colorful interior of St. Demetrius contrasts with the pastoral colors of its surroundings. The interior walls and ceilings are covered with brightly colored paintings called frescos. In addition, individual Icons are held in place by a 33-foot long by 9-foot high hand carved wooden wall of icons called an “Iconostasis.”
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On this engaging 2 hour tour, experience how our world-renown Iconographer, Niculai Enochi, uses an authentic Byzantine method of painting to adorn an exquisite church – a church equal to any you can see in Europe right here in Jackson! The Orthodox tradition of Iconography, often called, “Windows to Heaven,” originated about 1800 years ago. This Iconography, through its vivid visual depictions, truly brings the stories of the Bible to life.
The artistic, historical and personalized tour is given by Father Dusan, a delightful master of presentation.
After experiencing the beautiful Icons and their intriguing history, thoroughly enjoy sitting in the beautiful dining area as you drink a cup of coffee with a slice of famous and unforgettably delicious Baklava baked by the Baklava Bakers of the Sisterhood of St. Demetrius Church.
Please see the St. Demetrius Photo Gallery for a sneak peek.
Newly renovated parking lot to accommodate tour buses.
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