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Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj, Transylvania



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Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj, Transylvania, Romania

> The largest Orthodox church in Cluj.
> The Metropolitan seat of Northern Transylvania.
> Built in the Romanian Brancovenesc style.

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It is located in Avram Iancu plaza, close to the center of Cluj. The city is located on Somes river in northern Transylvania.

About Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj, Transylvania

The Orthodox cathedral was built starting with 1923, after the Union of Transylvania with the Romanian Old Kingdom. The opening ceremony was also attended, among many others, by King Carol II of Romania and Crown Prince Michael I. The Cathedral is the Metropolitan of Northern Transylvania.

DESCRIPTION
Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj, also known as "The Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral" is the most famous Romanian Orthodox church of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Built in a Romanian Brancovenesc style, a synthesis of Renaissance and Byzantine architecture, it lies in the Avram Iancu Square, together with the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre and the Avram Iancu Statue.

Architecture
The main dome of the Cathedral, inspired by the dome of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, is surrounded by 4 Romanian Brancovenesc style towers. The 18 large columns supporting the dome are sculpted in stone. The main material used for the construction of the Cathedral was stone extracted from Baciu and Bompotoc. The interior murals were painted between 1928 and 1933 by artists Anastasie Demian and Catul Bogdan, both professors at the local Art Academy.

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