Romanian Patriarchy Spokesperson Vasile Banescu stated on Tuesday evening that President Klaus Iohannis paid a private visit to Romanian Orthodox Church Patriarch Daniel, the two talking about the events set to be organised on the centennial of the Great Union and about the consecration of the National Cathedral.
Vasile Banescu pointed out that the two talked about the schedule of events marking the 100th anniversary of the Great Union of 1918.
“In the Orthodox Church’s view, it’s an extremely important year and is also linked with the consecration of the National Cathedral. The current stage of the works on the National Cathedral has been discussed, and it was agreed that the most suitable day for its consecration would be Saint Andrew’s Day – November 30th – and not December 1st as previously considered,” the Patriarchy’s spokesperson said.
The National Cathedral has a length of 126.1 metres, a width of 67.7 metres and a height of 120 metres up to the base of the cross on its main steeple. Its completion deadline is December 2018.
The first of its six bells, and the largest of them – weighing 25 tons, having a height and a width of 3.3 metres and a lifespan of 400 years – was cast in November 2016 in Innsbruck, Austria.
In September 2016, Patriarch Daniel officiated the first religious service at the Cathedral, an event also attended by around 2,500 young people who took part in the meeting of young Orthodox from all over the world.