History of St. Mary Greek Orthodox Church


St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church occupies the site where the first missionaries settled in Minneapolis. In 1834, the Pond brothers built a log cabin overlooking Lake Calhoun to learn the Dakota language and minister to the Native Americans and incoming settlers.

The first Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis was located on the University of Minnesota where the Weisman Art Museum stands. When the second building was built, the original building was sold and moved to its present location on Emerald Street and is now occupied by St. Panteleimon's Russian Orthodox Church. The second building was located at 10th Street and East Lake Street in Minneapolis and was used from 1910-1956. The third and present building was built in 1957 on a beautiful piece of land overlooking the east shore of Lake Calhoun. St. Mary's serves about 700 families in the Twin Cities area.



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