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Catedrala Mitropolitană, Iasi

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The Metropolitan Cathedral, Iași, located at 16 Ștefan cel Mare și Sfânt Boulevard, Iaşi, Romania, is the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Iaşi and Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina, and the largest Orthodox church in Romania. It is dedicated to Saint Paraschiva, to the Presentation of Jesus and to Saint George. Its form was inspired by the late Italian Renaissance style, with Baroque elements dominating the interior and exterior decorative features. The Metropolitan Cathedral is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments.HistoryTwo churches previously stood on the site: the White Church and the Presentation Church . On 8 August 1826, prince Ioan Sturdza signed a decree ordering construction of the cathedral; Metropolitan Veniamin Costache laid the cornerstone on 3 July 1833 and guided construction in its early years. Work began in 1833, using a neo-classical design by Viennese architects Gustav Freywald and Bucher, and continued at a rapid pace until 1841, in the latter years under the Russian architect Mihail Singurov. In 1839, serious cracks had appeared on the large central arch, which collapsed on 23 May 1857, taking the interior columns with it. Various solutions were attempted, but the building remained ruined for decades.
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  • It's a very beautiful metropolis. I been just right after Christmas so they still had the amazingly beautiful Christmas tree inside. Very pretty. 
  • The Cathedral is quite nice, being refurbished at the moment, with a lot of connected buildings and walking areas. It holds one of the most important religious relics in Romania, those of Saint Parasc...  more »
  • We were in Iasi on the weekend of the Patron Saint of Romania. The Cathedral draws many pilgrims and worshippers. There was a small fair and everyone brought bouquets of autumn flowers to the priests....  more »
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  • Very difficult to get on your turn. Too many people in the church at every time.
  • Un loc sfant, pe care va sfatuiesc sa il vizitati.
  • Must visit it if you come in the city
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