Cathedral of the Prairies by paolo1955

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Cooks Creek – Manitoba

Provincial Heritage Site No. 23 Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception Cooks Creek

Designation Date: May 1, 1986

Designation Authority: Honourable Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Recreation

Present Owner: Immaculate Conception Church of Cooks Creek

The Church of the Immaculate Conception or as it is popularly known, the Cathedral of the Prairies is a Ukranian Catholic Church built in the middle of the Manitoba countryside. Fr. Philip Ruh was a Oblate priest who liked to design churches wherever he was stationed. He was responsible for churches in Alberta as well as Manitoba, and built a large church at Mountain Road, Manitoba which unfortunetly burned down in 1966.
Ruh started this church in 1930 and it was finally consecrated in 1952. It was originally dedicated to St John the Baptist but was renamed and a massive grotto was started alongside. Unlike the Mountain Road church, this is constructed of brick and cruciform in plan, 140 feet by 100 feet.
There are nine round domes, said to represent the nine ranks of angels. There is a large central dome which rises to 114 feet above the ground, one on each arm, and one at each corner of the central crossing. The building includes transepts, chapels and an apse and these are expressed externally. The massing of this forms is inspired by the Byzantine Ukranian tradition in architecture
The exterior is brighly coloured with various paint effects utilised to make the building look more elaborate that it actually is. The farming community was unable to bear the financial cost of external carvings or traditional architectural detail. Thus much of the external decoration is painted plaster. The interior is dark and gloomy with similar painted decoration.

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Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 4 years ago

    Wow this is so beautiful Paolo.

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago
    Wonderful capture Paolo, i still have not been inside, but plan to soon, and I will have my wide angle lens with me then…inst fave my friend!!!!
  • Hi Larry……I have readded this image because for some reason that I don’t know…I had lost it in the RB jungle :-)……I’m sure you will take some awsome images with you wide angle inside this pretty church.Thanks my friend for your kind words and support.

    – paolo1955

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 4 years ago

    Excellent capture.

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 4 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much , always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • Barb White
    Barb Whiteover 4 years ago

    Paolo you continue to amaze me!

  • Thanks ever so much Barb, always great to hear from you.

    – paolo1955

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    A great church.

  • Thanks my friends for your kind remarks in my photo.

    – paolo1955

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • I appreciate your comment and for you taking the time to stop by.

    – paolo1955

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    STUNNING!! Absolutely gorgeous, Paolo!!

  • Thank you , this is really a good feeling for me

    – paolo1955

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Thanks for visiting and adding your kind comment :)

    – paolo1955

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Hi Scott how nice to hear from you, thank you so very much for the nice comment

    – paolo1955

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