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By Kent Larsen

Washington DC Temple Anchors Avenue of Religious Architecture

WASHINGTON, DC -- An article in the Washington Post looks at the architecture of the many Churches along the avenue in the area best known for Churches, upper New Hampshire avenue. The Washington DC Temple, one of the buildings mentioned in the article, can be seen from the avenue where it crosses the capital Beltway. A later article in the Post mentions that the Temple's annual Festival of Lights was an inspiration for a Manassas, Virginia family.

The stretch of New Hampshire avenue with large Churches stretches four miles from the Beltway to Randolph Road, and includes a Buddist Temple, a Ukranian Orthodox Cathedral, a Muslim mosque and a Ukranian Catholic Church, all of which show the disparate architectural styles unique to their traditions. In addition to the Washington DC Temple's six spires, the Buddist Temple features heavily-detailed ornamentation along the edges of its peaked roof. The Orthodox Church is surmounted by five golden onion domes surrounding a blue roof, over a golden mosaid of St. Andrew, while the mosque has a large copper dome and a minaret. The Ukranian Catholic Church meanwhile has one large onion dome over a building made entirely of dark brown wood.

Meanwhile, another article in the Post shows that the Temple's Festival of Lights has had an effect on neighbors as far away as Manassas, Virginia. Andy and Barbara Jezioro have followed the Temple's example and decorate their two-story home with thousands of lights for the Christmas season. While many people decorate their homes in this way, the Jezioros have gone farther than most, using a total of 60,000 lights this past season -- about 20% of the total used at the Temple.

The Jezioros say that the Temple's Festival of Lights inspired them. "The idea really came from a trip we took to the [Festival of Lights at the] Mormon temple." said Andy Jezioro. "When we got back home, we figured we could do something like that." They plan to expand their decorations to as many as 80,000 lights next year, competing with well-known 100,000-light displays in Johnson City, Texas and Little Rock, Arkansas. Their display is featured on their website at:


Insider's Guide: United (Denomi)Nations
Washington Post pgF03 24Dec00 D1
By Josh Gibson

From Manassas Family, a Lavish Gift of Lights
Washington Post pgV01 27Dec00 D1
By Chris L. Jenkins
Display is 60,000 Bulbs Strong, So Far


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