The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, Chisinau

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Bombed during World War II, The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”--the principal cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church--offers insight into the country's spiritual life. Built in the 1830s, the building is of Neoclassical design, featuring rows of columns, bold lines, a large dome, and a stark white exterior. In contrast, the intricately and colorfully decorated interior boasts grand murals of religious imagery painted in blue, green, and gold across the ceilings and walls, and an array of finely worked gold. The cathedral has a separate bell tower, which was rebuilt in 1997 after its destruction in 1962 by communists. Visitors to the church are expected to dress modestly. Arrange your visit to The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord” and discover more family-friendly attractions in Chisinau using our Chisinau trip generator.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Fantastic position, in the lovely park of the city center. Maybe less spectacular comparing to other Orthodox cathedrals, but still a nice place where you can meditate and burn a candle. You can equal...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Not such a big but interesting building. Equal to all four sides. The interior is decorated with frescos in the Byzantine style. A place for contemplation and prayer. Nearby are also other sights of C...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Good morning, it's a cathedral that is worth visiting. Orthodox style and large precious ceilings!
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  • February 16, 2017
    A wonderful place to relax,watch the kids playing and enjoying the life. Take your time to stay and enjoy an ice cream during the spring,summer or autumn. Calming atmosphere with beautiful people relaxing or passing by. DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE IF YOU ARE IN THIS WONDERFUL LITTLE TOWN!
  • May 29, 2017
    The Cathedral of Christ's Nativity is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Chișinău, Moldova. It was commissioned by the governor of New Russia, Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni in 1830. The cathedral was built in the 1830s to a Neoclassical design by Abram Melnikov. The cathedral was bombed during World War II, and its bell tower was destroyed by the Communists in 1962. The new bell tower was constructed in 1997. During the Soviet period, worship was prohibited and the cathedral was transformed into an exhibition center. The inside was completely blank during the Soviet period but nowadays it sports beautiful painted walls in pure orthodox style.
  • July 2, 2017
    The cathedral is one of the biggest in town. Real gem and important part of the city center
  • January 26, 2017
    The park is so refreshing during hot summer in Moldova, you can try to play chess there - on the big chess table in front of cathedral.
  • June 14, 2017
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