Catedrala Mitropolitană din Timișoara

The metropolitan cathedral of Timisoara is the largest religious building in this city. The building’s history is inextricably linked to the fate of the Romanian nation. After the end of first World War, and the acquisition of the region of Banat, there was the need to build a place of Orthodox worship in Timosoara.

The building was begun March 16 of the year 1936, was completed in 1940 , during the  second world war , and inaugurated in 1946 by the king  Mihai I and Prime Minister Petru Groza . Architetturally the cathedral is a synthesis of the Byzantine style and Romanian Moldovan style; the building has eleven towers, of which the central and the highest has a height of 83 meters. This majestic building also houses an extensive collection of art works over eight hundred paintings, three thousand rare books, 130 religious objects and also the relics of St. Iosif cel Nou de la Partoş, protector of the Orthodox and bishop of Timisoara   since 1651 until 1655.

After this historical and architectonic description I would like to try to describe the feeling I had when I visited the cathedral. I went there  on Sunday, the day of the mass. The thing that I felt mostly  was see a lot of people of all ages  attentive and to participate at Mass, I saw the collections plate overflowing of money. I write this because we can say that in ” the West ” for decades we are witnessing to a loss of the sacred and the constant religiosity. I believe that when many of the social ideological historical landmarks cease to exist  the return to sacred is the last resort in order to feel part of something bigger and collective.

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