Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral – the most impressive religious structure in Cluj-Napoca

For sure Cluj-Napoca is one of the most gorgeous cities that have ever existed on Transylvania’s territory. Cluj-Napoca is famous for its primarily Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architectures. But the most important tourist attraction is of course Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral-Romanian Orthodox Church.

The church was built between 1923 and 1933, after the Union of Transylvania with the Romanian Old Kingdom; therefore the construction of the Cathedral lasted almost 10 years. Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is showy because of its Brancovenesc style – a synthesis of Renaissance and Byzantine architecture, located in the middle of the city on Piata Avram Iancu street no. 18. The project of the cathedral was developed by the architects George Cristinel and Constantin Pomponiu, who also designed the Mausoleum of Marasesti.

On 5 of November 1933 the Cathedral was officially opened by Miron Cristea, the Patriarch of all Romania, Nicolae Balan, the Metropolitan of Transylvania and Nicolae Ivan, the Bishop of Cluj. The opening ceremony was also attended, among many others, by King Carol II and Crown Prince Michael I.

The Cathedral was endowed with four bells brought from Hungary and one of them weight two tons. Also tourists can enter inside absolutely for free and stay there how long they desire.

For sure every person will be impressed by the icon size which is located at a height of 4 meters; colors used for the priesthood portraits are showing imposingly priests clothing. Travelers interested in religious tourism can take a tour with a guide that can inform and tell the unknown story about this building.

Moreover if you are lucky you can attend a wedding ceremony between newlyweds and follow this saint event. One of the catchiest things that you can observe is the diverse attire of the priesthoods that are totally different in every event. For example in fasting before Easter, priests are wearing black color. On Holy Thursday priests are wearing red robes and on Whitsuntide they are changing their clothes in viola robes thus the clothes signify Romanian traditions and hallowed celebrations.

In subsoil every tourist can discover important information about first priest that served in this church and some of dates about items used during services since 1933. If you wish to take a look outward, near cathedral is located a small green park with banks for visitors and tourists.


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