- St. Jude's Cathedral (Iqaluit)
Infobox religious building
building_name = St. Jude's Cathedral
caption = St. Jude Cathedral in 1995.
location = Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Anglican Church of Canada
status = Cathedral
functional_status = Demolished
St. Jude's Cathedral (formally the Cathedral of St. Simon and St. Jude) was the Anglican
cathedralin Iqaluit, Nunavut. It was demolished in June 2006 following a fire.
The cathedral was the seat of the Diocese of The Arctic, which covers the
Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Nunavik(Northern Quebec). It has the greatest area of any Anglican diocese in the world. The cathedral was also the parish churchfor the parish of Iqaluit.
The unique building, in the shape of an
igloo, was a landmark and tourist attraction in Iqaluit, besides its important spiritual role for Iqalummiut (people of Iqaluit). It was well known for its decorations, most the product of Inuitcraftsmanship; these included wall hangings, woven collection baskets, a cross made of narwhaltusks, and a carved soapstone baptismal fontdedicated by Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to Iqaluit.Most of these works of art within the cathedral were destroyed by a fire, suspected to be arson, on November 5, 2005. The cathedral was subsequently found to be structurally unsound, and was demolished on June 1, 2006. A new cathedral is planned, and the congregation continues to meet in the parish hall, with services offered in English and Inuktitut.
* [http://arctic.anglican.org/ Diocese of The Arctic]
* [http://www.cbc.ca/north/story/igloo-fire-07112005.html CBC North - Igloo church damaged by weekend fire]
* [http://www.cbc.ca/north/story/nor-igloo-demolisheddone.html CBC North - Update]
* [http://www.anglicanjournal.com/extra/news.php?newsItem=2005-11-11_a.news Anglican Church of Canada report on the fire]
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