20. The Orthodox Metropolitan "Holy Trinity” Cathedral
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A symbol of Sibiu Orthodoxy, the Neo-Byzantine exuberance of the Metropolitan Cathedral eclipses any building around it. Inspired by the architecture of the "St. Sofia" Basilica in Constantinople, the church was consecrated on April 30, 1906, being dedicated to the "Holy Trinity".
The great Metropolitan Andrei Șaguna himself initiated the construction of the church, gaining the approval and support of the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria in the middle of the 19th century. The Metropolitan has advocated for the rights of the Transylvanian Orthodox population.
The exterior of the cathedral impresses with its rounded shapes and its dimensions. The dome measures 15 meters in diameter, and the two bell towers measure 45 m in height.
Visit the interior! The high vault, the light seeping through the dome windows and the pleasant fragrance of incense will overwhelm you. The iconostasis was made of gilded linden wood. Octavian Smigelschi, an artist from Sibiu County, painted the interior. The painting on the pendant depicts the four evangelists and Jesus the Pantocrator among the angels.
Regardless of faith, take advantage of a moment of spiritual tranquility. Maybe you want to follow the example of the Sibians, who light candles in the churchyard, in the memory of their loved ones.
Across the street to the main entrance, you will notice the most representative Neo-Brâncovenesc building in Sibiu, the Faculty of Orthodox Theology "Saint Ierarh Andrei Șaguna". After the next house, you can see the building of the Orthodox Metropolitanate, the Archdiocese of Transylvania since 1864.
🤔 Did you know?
🔍 The model of the cathedral, made of gilded metal, is placed on the altar table.
🔍 The big bell of the western tower weighs 1345 kg and bears the inscription "Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world".
🔍 Saint Ierarh Andrei Șaguna lived his last years in Rășinari, near Sibiu. At his request, after death, he was buried without pomp in his crypt in the local cemetery.