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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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  • I'm glad to know we have this kind of churches in Romania; the garden was full of roses; I recommend for visiting the Old Church which is place on the left side after the entrance  more »
  • If you are in Iasi and want to see an authentic Romanian Christian church, go to a service on Sunday to attend the divine liturgy hold in Metropolitan Cathedral. The place is awe-inspiring if you are ...  more »
  • Ornate and very large Cathedral. A couple minutes walk from the Palace. A popular place for tourists and locals.  more »
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  • Looks very large and intimidating from the outside, but once you enter it, you realize that it's not that big, just tell, and there are no pointing, just dark walls...
  • Very difficult to get on your turn. Too many people in the church at every time.
  • Must visit it if you come in the city
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