Greek Orthodox church in Parc Ex set to reopen after devastating fire

Devastation within Montreal's Greek community two years ago is giving way to excitement and anticipation.

An Orthodox church in parc Extension gutted by fire is about to reopen.

The Panagitsa Church on St. Roch is scheduled to formally open by the fall.

John Theodosopoulos, president Eco-domus construction, was asked about the inside of the new church.

"We tried very much not to have a difference... the request of the Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal was that we try to mimic and try to preserve or recreate the original feeling of the original church with a heavy glue-laminated timer beams that were omni-present and very visible in the space.  So, that's the same structure that we have right now", Theodosopoulos told CJAD 800 News.  

Theodosopoulos added the plan is to provide temporary access in August for a church holiday. 

The beloved church was built in 1962, and was been taken over by the Greek Orthodox community in 1968. 

The new building includes modern upgrades and fresh touches, including a dome that is traditional in Eastern Orthodox churches.


-With files from CTV News