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Photo gallery: Toronto's unique sacred spaces

From the wooden Ukranian church of St. Elias, to a 24,000-piece stone Hindu temple, to the hot concrete brutalism of the Noor Centre, a survey in photos of the GTA's most intriguing holy places

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St. Elias Church, a large wooden Ukrainian church in Brampton.

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Ilya Galadza, a cantor and bell ringer at St. Elias Church.

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Inside St. Elias Church, a large wooden Ukrainian church in Brampton.

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Cupola, St. Elias Church, a large wooden Ukrainian church in Brampton.

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The Metropolitan United Church in Toronto.

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Carillonneur Gerald W. Martindale plays the carillon in The Metropolitan United Church.

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Some of the fifty-four bells in the The Metropolitan United Church.

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One of the fifty-four bells in the The Metropolitan United Church.

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is Canada's first traditionally hand-carved Hindu place of worship built in a Vedic tradition.

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is Canada's first traditionally hand-carved Hindu place of worship built in a Vedic tradition.

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple.

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The Noor Cultural Centre is housed in the former Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre.

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The Noor Cultural Centre, with clean lines, wooden lattice work and large stone architectural designs in Toronto.

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The Noor Cultural Centre, with clean lines, wooden lattice work and large stone architectural designs in Toronto.

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St. Anne's Church, which is unique for its Byzantine-style dome and Group of Seven paintings featured throughout the church.

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St. Anne's Church at 270 Gladstone Ave. in Toronto.

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The Ascension by H.S. Stansfield in St. Anne's Church.

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The Minsker Shul, Kensington Market.

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Inside the Minsker Shul, including the art deco chandelier.

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The art deco chandelier, Minsker Shul.

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Exterior, Minsker Shul.

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