Saints Paul and Peter Cathedral, Constanta

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The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Constanța, located at 25 Arhiepiscopiei Street, Constanța, Romania, is the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Tomis, as well as a monastery. Situated between Ovid Square and the Black Sea in front of the Archbishop's Palace, it was built on the city's peninsular zone in 1883-1885 following plans by architects Alexandru Orăscu and Carol Benesch and, for the interior, Ion Mincu. The cornerstone was laid on 4 September 1883, during the reign of Iosif Gheorghian, Metropolitan of All Romania. The church was consecrated on 22 May 1895.The building served as a parish church until 1923, when the Diocese of Constanța was established. In that year it became a cathedral, serving as such until 3 August 1941, when its altar and iconostasis, along with icons and paintings, were partly destroyed by aerial bombardment during World War II. It was restored after the war, from 1946-1951. Patriarch Justinian Marina and Bishop Chesarie Păunescu re-consecrated it on 14 January 1951; at that time, Păunescu's seat was moved from Constanța to Galați and the building once again became a parish church. Exterior repairs took place from 1957-1959. When the diocese at Galați became an archdiocese on 9 November 1975, a vicar bishop began serving at Constanța, returning the church to the status of cathedral, once again becoming an archdiocesan cathedral when the Tomis Archdiocese was revived in 1990.
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  • August 12, 2017
    One of the most impressive Orthodox Cathedrals not only in Romania. Amazing icons and decorations, very fine architecture.  more »
  • July 25, 2017
    It is the largest and most important Orthodox Cathedral in Constanta. There is free entry to behold this beautiful building and its architecture and paintings. Buy two lights and lit one for the live ones and one for the ones who passed away, it was intriguing! Watch everything beautiful in the Church it is very atmospheric. In the entrance hall there are some souvenirs, candles and icons. This Cathedral should really be seen!
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  • July 19, 2017
    You will find this very easily and it is a work of art. Worth taking the time to visit and taking in all the history.  more »

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