The Monroeville Gateway
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We made Monroeville our headquarters for Drew and Aubrey's wedding weekend (and Aubrey's bridal shower over Memorial Day Weekend) because of its proximity to both North Versailles, where the big event would take place, and to Pittsburgh. Monroeville, Pennsylvania, is the higway gateway to the Pittsburgh region. The Pennsylvania Turnpike exit for Pittsburgh connects to I-376 at Monroeville. US Highway 22 also traverses the town. Incorporated in 1951, Monroeville is a reativley new town in the Mon Valley. It is also considerably diferent than the older nearby Pittsburgh suburbs. While many of the Mon Valley communities are seeking a way to replace their closed heavy industries in the post-industrial era, Monroeville seems to have founds its niche in travel and hospitality.
Despite all shopping centers and new construction, there are hints of the area's history. That's what i want to know about any locale. The Old Stone Church was a Presbyterian Church buit in 1897 in an octogonal shape. It's maintained today by the Monroeville Historical Society as a historic site and wedding venue.
But the thing I found most fascinatng about Monroevlle is that it is a center of Hindu worship and ceremonies for the East Coast! There are three Hindu temples in Monroeville. The largest of these is Sri Venkateswara Temple. I spoke with Indian familles staying at our hotel and learned of the many ceremonies performed at the temple. It seems there is hardly a weekend when a celebratn is not going on and famileis rvel from all along the Eastern seaboard to attend them. (Monroeville hotels provide area maps indicating the temple's location.) I took some time to see the temple on a Saturday morning and found the grounds activite with people arriving for a ceremony. (A good thing as the temple is gated and might not have been open if an event were not in progress.)