Sibiu’s Orthodox Cathedral is the second largest in the country and was built between 1902 and 1906. Its exterior with its large green copper dome and horizontally striped brickwork is striking, and its interior dazzling. There is rich ornamentation wherever you look, but especially noteworthy are the iconostasis (of gilt carved wood) and dome (showing Christ Pantocrator flanked by angels, photo three), which were painted by Octavian Smigelschi, from the nearby village of Ludoș, in 1904. Unlike a Western church, there are no pews, and the empty space merely serves to emphasise the splendour of the decoration.
It was very interesting to visit with our guide Adela and learn something of the Romanian Orthodox tradition. For instance, she told us that the priests are required to be married (the opposite of how it is in the Roman Catholic church, and different too from the Russian Orthodox, where marriage is possible but not compulsory); so once the young men have finished their studies at the nearby seminary they must first find a wife before they can take up a role as a priest. This is because it is thought that only a family man can appreciate and promote the values of family relationships.
Next tip: the city’s walls and towers
Sibiu is the centre of the Metropolitan church of Transylvania, which was founded in 1861. The church is surrounded by colleges and buildings belonging to the church.
The impressive church was built between 1902 and 1906. It was commisioned by Bishop John Metianu during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph.
The architects of the church were Virgil Nagy and Losif Kammer who were from Bucharest. They based the church on the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople (now a museum in Istanbul)
The brickwork is a two coloured effect with a copper roof. The church is 53.10 metres long and 25.40 metres wide at the centre. The dome is 24.70 metres high and 15 metres in diameter.
Just inside the door is a skylight depicting Jesus and the four Evangelists (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John).
The four bells of the church were blessed on 13th December 1904. Three of the bells were melted down during World War I by the Austro-Hungarian army to make canons. They were replaced in 1926.
The Archdiocese of Sibiu is the only archdiocese part of the Ardeal Metropolitan Church.
This religious settlement, made of red and white brick, dates from 1906 (the construction works started in 1902), though plans for building it had been put together since 1857. The Cathedral is a copy of the Aya Sofia from Istanbul.
The paintings, mostly the work of Octavian Smighelschi and completed by Iosif Kober, follow the Byzantine style.
It is opened daily from 6 AM till 8 PM and serves as parish church for the Old City Area.
The Orthodox Cathedral (Mitropolia in Romanian) was built between 1902-1906 in a similar style with the Saint Sofia Cathedral from Istanbul. This is the second largest Orthodox Cathedral in Romania. I recommend to find and enter this great cathedral.
Sibiu's Romanian Orthodox Cathedral was built between 1902 and 1906 on the site of an earlier Greek church. It is a copy of the Aya Sofia Cathedral in Istanbul. The architects were Virgil Nagy and Iosif Kamner from Budapest.The frescoes were painted by Octavian Smigelschi and Arthur Coulin. The interior is dominated by a massive gold chandelier.
This is the second largest Orthodox Cathedral in Romania. The fact that it is such a massive structure and its location, wedged into a narrow terraces street, make it difficult to photograph without a wide angle lens. As you can see, I didn't have one
The Orthodox Cathedral, in the new section of town, is modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. It was built in 1902-1906.
I tried taking a photo of the outside from every angle possible with my digital camera and couldn't get the entire thing in without getting overhead lines or other buildings blocking it so this was my best effort.
Inside the cathedral there were people worshiping so I did not take any photos of the interior. But it did remind me a lot of the Hagia Sophia even in the interior.
The Orthodox Cathedral in Sibiu, was built at the beginning of twentieth century.
It is a byzantine basilica, which is not so usual in Romania.
It is anyway on the top of the “must see” list.
Built in 1906 this place stands out in this classic city. It is a miniature copy of Istanbul's Hagia Sofia which I have yet to see.
It worth visit the Orthodox Cathedral of Sibiu. Inside, you will find beatuful wall painings and iconography.
The Orthodox Cathedral has a rather strange appearance, and is actually a miniature copy of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, although it doesn't resembles it in my opinion.