Patriarchal Cathedral, Bucharest

4.6
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 1655 and completed in 1659 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 Constantine 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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  • This is an attractive and well maintained cathedral in the centre of Bucharest. There are a few other buildings in the enclave and there's a good view over to the palace of the parliament.  more »
  • Is worth a visit to this attraction, just a slight uphill walk to get there. Interior has beautiful frescoes and golden icon works. Very large compared to the many other Biserica's throughout...  more »
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  • As Bucharest sights go, it is very impressive to see from the outside, on both directions (front and back). We didn't get inside, the English tour is more then an hour, and you must registet in advance (online or on the spot)
  • The Patriarch's seat. It's a historical monument. It is situated on the highest ground of Bucharest, elevated at no more than 60 m. It is on a very central area of the city. The walk to reach the seat is marvelous, no matter the direction you will choose. I recommend a walk through the close by neighborhoods.
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