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April 19, 2021

Redemption Cathedral construction to begin this summer

Works for the National Redemption Cathedral will begin as of August this year, the Patriarchy administration informs, after being postponed several times, the last time on April 2009.

Construction of the Nation’s Cathedral has sparked countless disputes over the years between governmental officials and the Bucharest City Hall. Since 1996, BOR has been offered several offers from the Bucharest authorities for the location of the Cathedral, but only on March 3, 2005 did Patriarch Teoctist inform the Holy Synod about the resolution of the National Church Council under which the Calea 13 Septembrie strip of land offered by the Bucharest City Hall was accepted.

“We wish to start works on August the latest, so by 2013 the latest at least to finish the entire building and continue with furnishing and finishing by 2015.”

The cathedral will accommodate 5,000 people and will be five times bigger than the Patriarchy’s current place of worship.

Also the architectural project includes an esplanade that can bring together an impressive number of people.

“The architectural project is configured for a length of 120 meters and a similar height,” the administration explains.

According to Patriarch Daniel, the project will “concentrate the entire traditional values in the country by means of a special symbol represented above the cathedral’s main entry.” Total building and furnishing costs are estimated to roughly EUR 400 M.

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