Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului (Coronation Cathedral), Alba Iulia

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Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului (Coronation Cathedral) is located in Alba Iulia. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului (Coronation Cathedral) and many more Alba Iulia attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Alba Iulia trip generator.
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  • Nice architecture, pretty gardens even on winter and very neat inside. There is also a eclesiastic gift shop  more »
  • I went down for a visit in a winter day ,windy and very cold.Inside the church I found warm ,peace ,silence and beauty.Couple of people praying ,as was during the week and no ceremony.I read two basic...  more »
  • Romania, Transsilvania, the kings and the church - not always a unity, but here is the place where it comes together. It is the one orthodox church in Romania which is dominated by the Royal family, f...  more »
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  • The Coronation Cathedral is in the western part of the Alba Carolina Fortress, near the Tricolor Square, close to Roman Plateau, where in 1918 100,000 Roumains cheered the unification of Transylvania with Romania. The Coronation Cathedral is known as the People's Reunification Cathedral and the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of Alba Iulia. The cathedral was built in record time (9 months) in the years 1921 to 1922, being intended for a specific purpose: the coronation of kings Ferdinand I and Mary, the Sovereigns of new reunited Romania after World War I. The coronation took place on October 15, 1922. Ferdinand I, being Catholic, the coronation ceremony did not take place in the church, but in the yard. After the service in the cathedral, King Ferdinand has placed himself on the head the Steel Crown. A week before, it held the consecration of the church, receiving the patron Holy Archangels Michael (in honor of the first unifier of the Romanians, Michael the Brave, 1600) and Gabriel. The church is Byzantine shaped by Greek cross. The construction of the cathedral is inspired by ancient Romanian medieval architecture. The nave is dominated by the central dome supported by four octagonal pillars covered with marble. The mural painting in the traditional Byzantine style, was done in fresco technique by Costin Petrescu and his disciples. On both sides of the entrance, instead of the votive painting, appear the portraits of King Ferdinand I and Queen Maria, the sovereigns of the Great Romania. During the communist regime, these historic paintings were covered with dye. The iconostasis, furniture and pews are made of oak with ornaments inspired from Romanian Brancovan art. The church is surrounded by a rectangular enclosure, with two large pavilions on the east and west. In the pavilions on the eastern side of the cathedral are the Orthodox Archdiocese, the museum and the library. In addition to the symbol of national reunification, the cathedral is also the symbol of spiritual reunification of the Romanians. After the banning of Romanian Church United with Rome, a ceremony was held here dedicated to the "Romanian Orthodox Church reunification". Then, on December 1, 1948, many Greek Catholic priests have taken the oath of allegiance to the Orthodox Patriarch of Romania.
  • Normal cathedral. It has an important meaning for the Romanians.
  • The Unification Cathedral, where Prince Michael the Brave united the Romanian Lands
  • The place where the king and queen of Romania were crowned
  • A quiet place.