Transfiguration Cathedral, Bender

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The Sacred Heart Cathedral is the name given to a Russian Orthodox church in the Diocese of Tiraspol and Dubossary, Bender, a town controlled by Transnistria, de facto independent territory of Moldova.
Its history dates back to 1814 when working on the expansion of local strength. It was built between 1815 and 1820 to constitute a symbol of liberation from Ottoman Turkish rule place.
It was consecrated on December 5, 1819. From 1918 to 1944 the parish church belonged to the Romanian Orthodox Church.
Since 1948 the cathedral was placed under state protection as a monument of architecture of the early nineteenth century.
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  • Right in the middle of the city, there isn't much open space around this church. Typical colourful interior, this time the main colour is a dark sea green. 
    Right in the middle of the city, there isn't much open space around this church. Typical colourful interior, this time the main colour is a dark sea green.  more »
  • One-domed cathedral with an attached hipped bell tower. The oil painting of the end of the last century has been preserved in the interior. 
    One-domed cathedral with an attached hipped bell tower. The oil painting of the end of the last century has been preserved in the interior.  more »
  • When i come to Tiraspol, because the old soviet times i have on my mind tosee churches in russian style. This is another style, perhaps poor but in good condition. Nothing special. 
    When i come to Tiraspol, because the old soviet times i have on my mind tosee churches in russian style. This is another style, perhaps poor but in good condition. Nothing special.  more »
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  • Ancient Icons intact! 10 wedding a weekend! :)
  • very soulful
  • This temple looks poor and uncomfortable, it requires repair. While communicating with holy icons, some women are constantly scurrying about, wiping the dust, collecting the remaining wax, thereby showing disrespect for those who are praying. You need to keep order in the church tactfully and at the set time when there are no visitors.
  • The history of the Transfiguration Cathedral dates back to 1814, when the engineering authorities of the Bendery fortress began work to move the city away from the fortress by 250 fathoms (600 m) to the south in order to create a fortress esplanade. The Assumption and Nikolskaya churches located on this territory, due to their dilapidation, collapsed during the transfer, which led to the decision to build a new temple in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord on the site of the ruins of the Turkish barracks. On August 22, 1815, during a military parade in the presence of the townspeople, the foundation stone of the Transfiguration Cathedral took place as a symbol of the liberation of Bessarabia from the Turkish yoke. The project of the temple was prepared by a member of the Chisinau spiritual dicaster, Archimandrite Ioanikiy, and assumed three side-chapels in the cathedral: Nikolsky (left) and Assumption (right), named in memory of the destroyed churches, and Transfiguration (central). Nikolsky side-altar was consecrated on December 5, 1819. On the same day, parishioners raised funds for the consecration of Uspensky, which took place on December 19 of the same year. In 1820, construction work was completed in the Preobrazhensky side-altar. In 1825, for the temple, an iconostasis with a canopy on seven wooden columns was ordered in Odessa. The icon-painting and carvings were performed by the priest N. Konilevsky and the clerk I. Palishinsky. Finally, in 1827, the cathedral was consecrated by His Eminence Demetrius. In 1832, the construction of the bell tower was completed, however, due to a lack of funds, as a temple, the cathedral took shape only by 1840. Made in the style of cross-domed architecture within the framework of Russian classicism with elements of Moldavian folk traditions, the cathedral was distinguished by its laconicism, impressive monumentality, emphasized by the contrast of the smooth surface of the walls and the columns attached to it, and the main dome of the cathedral was designed in the form of a helmet of an ancient Russian warrior. All health and good mood!

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