They gasped Sunday, they cried, they pointed at the walls and ceiling of the new $10 million Holy Trinity Greek Church in downtown Columbia. A Lutheran priest even lay down on the floor to take it all in.
Viewing the new church’s sanctuary was the powerful, emotional draw of the 25th annual four-day Greek Festival this year. Its last day was Sunday.
“We’ve had people who when they walked in, they would look up, and they would start weeping,” said docent and church member Elyse Theodore, 50.
Said docent Ami Leventis. 39: “My favorite part of the job has been holding the door open for people to come. I’ve heard involuntary gasps.”
Such reactions are not surprising, said University of South Carolina distinguished professor emeritus of religious studies Hal French, who Sunday evening was in the sanctuary, taking it all in.