Roman-Catholic Cathedral Saint Michael, Alba Iulia

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  • The Church itself is nice, big, beautiful to photograph, the interiors are classics of the Romans, that is, all grey stone but also always beautiful, inside up graves of aristocrats of Hunedoara, I mean simply speak helps makes spectacular the scenery of the bastion of Alba Iulia
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  • I was impressed - I hadn't expected so much light inside. A huge cathedral, but the white stone walls and big windows make it so bright. When I entered it in the morning on a sunny day it looked as if...  more »
  • The same inside tight crude, but thanks to the coming light, acquires its character. Beautiful bodies and a lot of history, mainly Hungarian. Definitely worth your time.
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  • Lovely grounds to walk around in the sun. When we were there in april it was so peaceful. Gorgeous town
  • Impressive building. Very peaceful inside.
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  • The Cathedral of St. Michael in the Alba Carolina Fortress is the most valuable monument of Romanesque architecture in Transylvania. The current cathedral was built between 1246-1291 (the same time as Notre-Dame de Paris) on the ruins of an old cathedral built in the early eleventh century by King Stephen I of Hungary, and partly destroyed by the Tartar invasion in 1242. The cathedral, originally built in the late Romanesque style, it was subsequently extended with elements Gothic, Renascentist and Baroque. It would be the oldest and longest (93 m) cathedral in the country. Basilica consists of three naves, a transept in the east and three towers in the west.On both sides of the apse of the main altar are two smaller altars, apses side, starting from the transept. The southern part of the transept (now in renovation) housed sarcophagi stone of Iancu (John) Hunyadi (prince of Transylvania, rescued Belgrade in 1456) and other family members, while in the north of the transept, in the chapel of St. Anne, are the sarcophagi of John (II) Zápolya Sigismund (1540-1571), first prince of Transylvania and king of Hungary) and Poland Isabella (Isabella Jagiello, 1519-1559). The cathedral was built in the late Romanesque - early Gothic style using stone blocks taken from the ancient Roman castrum. In the Renaissance time, the cathedral was extended on the eastern side with Lászai Chapel (containing the altar of "Christian Souls") in 1512 and Varday chapel in 1524. The Cathedral still retains traces of the bombing of 1849, when the city was besieged by Hungarian revolutionaries. In 1877 it was equipped with an organ in Gothic style, with 2209 tubes. From the beginning (eleventh century) the building served as the cathedral for the Diocese of Transylvania, but in 1565, after entering of the Reformation in Transylvania, was taken over by Protestant (Calvinists and Unitarians) which removed paintings, altars, organ and other parts. He returned to Catholic worship in 1716. For 900 years, it was suffragan diocese of the Archdiocese of Kalocsa, and from 1930 to 1991 of the Bucharest. Holy See in 1932, changing its name in the Diocese of Alba Iulia, and in 1991 raised it to an independent archbishopric.
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