3 reasons you HAVE to see this beautiful Dayton church on the inside (and this weekend is your chance)

Gyros, baklava and Greek music have drawn crowds to the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for decades, especially for the Dayton Greek Festival. 

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The annual event, which happens this weekend, is also a chance to tour the magnificent church, designed in the Byzantine architecture style. 

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"I am the light of the world," reads this verse on the templon at the front of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. LISA POWELL / STAFF (Lisa Powell)

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Here are three things to know about the church: 

1. A permanent home. The groundbreaking for the church’s hill top location, 500 Belmonte Park North, took place in 1948. In the fall of 1951 the brick building with a copper dome officially opened before the interior was finished. The structure was completed in 1955. 

2. Stunning beauty. Parishioners worship in a nave filled with 54 painted icons detailed in 14 karat gold and illuminated by crystal chandeliers. Over 40 stained glass windows highlight the imported marble and plaster interior. 

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3. Almighty icons. The original icons, created by Greek artists in New York City studios in 1955, were installed the following year. Inside the church dome, surrounded by stars and halos, is the Christ Pantocrator. The figure is 14-feet in diameter and 60 feet from the terrazzo floor.

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