The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

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The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral belongs to the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crisana and Maramures, being the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj.

Located on Avram Iancu Square at no. 18, the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral is an imposing building in downtown Cluj Napoca, being surrounded by old buildings, architecturally and historically important, these include: building of Cluj County Council, C.F.R Cluj building, building of Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj, the Finance and the Treasury Cluj, Court building, the Armed Houseand the National Theatre with the Romanian Opera.

In front of it is the Avram Iancu monument surrounded by a beautiful fountain with games of lights and water jets which syncs melodic lines. After the fountain and statue, is the building of the National Theatre in Cluj Napoca.

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The Cathedral is near a tourist attraction and an important place of worship, especially on holidays, when many locals come to the religious services that are held here. During religious services of Christmas or Easter, or other national holidays such as Romania nation day on December 1, here, the square in front of the church and the two streets between the church is located, are closed and become pedestrian.

Entering the church, you observe the imposing silence in contrast to the bustle of the city. Here you will find religious paintings on its walls, a huge dome, towers in which rang bells during religious services, an imposing altar and tranquility.

History

It was built during 1923-1933, by architect George Constantin Pomponiu Cristinel, joining the current Romanian style. It is one of the main religious buildings in Cluj-Napoca.

Is dedicated to “Adormirea Maicii domnului” – the day when Romanian Army entered Transylvania (15 august 1916).

In 1973, with the Eparchial seat of Cluj rise to the rank of archbishopric cathedral and the place of worship became archbishop. Since 1996, the department entered into extensive exterior restoration, completed in 1999, and the interior received a new painting, Byzantine, made in the famous Murano mosaic.

Since 2006 the building served as the cathedral of the Archbishop of Vad, Feleac and Cluj who is also the Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crisana and Maramures.

Orthodox Archdiocese of Cluj has a valuable religious art and documentary collection, inaugurated in 1938 and reorganized in 1975. The fund consists of icons painted in the XVII – XIX and of liturgical objects. Museum collection includes documents on the history of the diocese (XVI century), religious objects, icons on wood and glass (seventeenth century), manuscripts, vestments, crosses, chalices, etc. (XVI century), printings with ethnographic and testimonials about past Romanian people.

Important!

Visits are recommended between 12.00 – 18.00 because each day between 08.00 – 12.00 and 18.00 – 20.00 here are hold religious services.

Access roads

Being situated in the historical center of Cluj Napoca in Avram Iancu Square, the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral is a landmark easily identified and can be reached from any part of the historic city center on foot.

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