Patriarchal Cathedral

Built in 1658

Patriarchal CathedralThe Patriarchal Cathedral (Catedrala Patriarhală) is a former monastery church from the 17th century, which was founded by Constantin Șerban Basarab, the Romanian ruler at that time. The cathedral is located in Bucharest, near Union Square, on the Metropolitan Hill.

Next to the cathedral is the Palace of the Chamber of Deputies and the Patriarch’s Palace. Today, the Patriarchal Cathedral is seat of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate, which will be moving to the new Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral in 2017.

Metropolitan Hill in 1832
Metropolitan Hill in 1832

The church was consecrated in 1658 by the Patriarch of Antioch and the Middle East. In 1668, the ruler Radu Leon turned the monastery into the residence of Romanian metropolitans.

In the 18th and 19th century, the cathedral suffered many changes. Between 1960 and 1962, the cathedral recieved her original form, thanks to the initiative of the Romanian Patriarch Justinian Marina.

The Patriarchal Cathedral in 1925
The Patriarchal Cathedral in 1925

On the north side of the cathedral stands a bell tower, which was part of the ancient monastery. It was built in 1698 by the Romanian ruler St. Constantin Brâncoveanu.

In 1774, the relics of St. Demetrios the New, the patron of the Romanian capital, were brought to the Patriarchal Cathedral. Every year on October 27, at the saint’s feast, thousands of pilgrims from all over Romania come to Bucharest, to see and to pray to the relicts.

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  1. The heart of the Romanian orthodoxy

    One of the most beautiful places in Bucharest is the Metropolitan Hill, dominated by the Patriarchal Cathedral on his top, one of the most beautiful churches in Bucharest. Especially the inside with the huge paintings on the interior walls appear very impressive.

    This is the center of the Romanian orthodoxy, here are held the most beautiful Holy Masses in the country. I urge everyone to take time to attend a full Holy Mass.

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