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St Luke's Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke
Ο καθεδρικός ναός του Αγίου Λουκά
Greek Orthodox Church Glasgow.jpg
55°52′44″N 4°17′56″W / 55.879017°N 4.298783°W / 55.879017; -4.298783
Location Glasgow
Country Scotland
Denomination Greek Orthodox Church
Previous denomination United Presbyterian Church
Website Cathedral Website
Former name(s) Belhaven United Presbyterian Church
Status Active
Dedication Luke the Evangelist
Functional status Cathedral & Parish church
Architect(s) James Sellars
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Years built 1876-1877
Archdiocese Thyateira and Great Britain

St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a cathedral of the Greek Orthodox Church in the Dowanhill district of Glasgow, Scotland.


Belhaven U.P. Church

The Church was designed by James Sellars and built in 1877 as the Belhaven Church for the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The church was built in Norman Gothic style, inspired by Dunblane Cathedral. The congregation became part of the Church of Scotland in 1929 and continued to meet there until 1960.

A prominent feature of the church is the stain glass windows designed by Stephen Adam which depict scenes from the Old and New Testament.


Following the amalgamation of Behaven Church with a neighbouring congregation, the Belhaven Church building was no longer needed by the Church of Scotland. It was converted to a Greek Orthodox Church; the work was paid for by Sir Reo Stakis. Stakis had also paid for the first (much smaller) Greek Orthodox church in the city, in 1953.

St Luke's Templon, Glasgow
St Luke's Templon

On 24 May 1970 the Patriarch Nicholas VI of Alexandria, who was attending the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, visited St. Luke's and elevated it to the status of a Cathedral, with the blessing of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. This occasion is commemorated with a marble plaque, inscribed with gold lettering, at the right side of the entrance hall.

On Sunday 7 July 1996 the Cathedral was visited by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who celebrated the Divine Liturgy.

Other cathedrals

The other cathedrals in Glasgow are St. Andrew's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) and St. Mary's Cathedral (Episcopalian). Glasgow Cathedral (Church of Scotland) is also in Glasgow, but it is not a Cathedral Church, as it is no longer the seat of a bishop.

Nearby churches include:

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