Patriarchal Cathedral, Bucharest

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The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral is a functioning religious and civic landmark, on Dealul Mitropoliei, in Bucharest, Romania. It is located near the Palace of the Chamber of Deputies of the Patriarchate of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Since it is a working cathedral, it is the site of many religious holidays and observances that take place for those who follow the Orthodox Christian faith in Bucharest, including a Palm Sunday pilgrimage. The Orthodox Mass at the cathedral is known for its a cappella choir. The Romanian Orthodox Patriarchal Cathedral is a designated Historical monument—Monument istoric of Romania.HistoryThe structure was begun in 1654 and completed in 1658 under the orders of the Wallachian prince, Serban Basarb. The facade is in the Brâncovenesc style. All of the original frescoes and sculptures were destroyed, except for the icon of Constantin and Helen, who are the patron saints of the cathedral. The present-day frescoes were added in 1923 by Dimitrie Belizarie.In 1862, the Romanian prime minister, Barbu Catargiu, was assassinated as his open carriage passed in front of the cathedral.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Complex site on a hill to see. Typical Orthodox Church very well maintained where you can easily watch the celebration. Interesting and culturally to see.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This is one of the churches to visit in Bucharest, not many tourist around, very few actually. Mostly local women and monks, amazing paintings and icons, loved how peaceful is this place.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    To get walking awhile, accurate since it is at the top of a small hill. The Cathedral by the outside and the interior is very nice, but unfortunately we could not make any guided tour,
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