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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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  • The interior is worth spending some time looking at. We had a very knowledgeable guide so learned a lot about the history of the church and surrounding lands/buildings.  more »
  • An impressive Orthodox cathedral situated in the center of the town. Was build in the middle of the XVII-th century, in the same time as the church build in 1656 by the king Constantin Șerban Basarab ...  more »
  • The cathedral is beautiful inside, and the artwork on the dome is fantastic. It's an active church, and I came on a Sunday, so people were worshipping as well. Would recommend checking out this church...  more »