Metropolitan Cathedral, 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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  • Given the fact that the body of Saint Paraschiva, the wonder making saint is placed here, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a very crowded and visited place all year round. Recently renovated and with a v...  more »
  • Very majestic and beautiful Orthodox Cathedral. Inside are the relics of St. Paraskeva Balkan. The current Cathedral, constantly go service. For those wishing to join the history there is the Museum of the Cathedral.
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  • You can not come to Iasi and do not visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. She holds the relics of St. Paraschieva, but beyond that, the cathedral has a special religious charge. Icons are very beautiful, ...  more »

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